The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Feb 2018

The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue

Gordon Chang wrote recently in the National Interest that China is “itching for a confrontation” in response to the January 17, 2018 innocent passage of the USS Hopper near Scarborough Shoal. James Holmes argued that China does not really want confrontation.
US Cuts Security Aid to Pakistan: What Does It Mean?
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Chithra Purushothaman - 08 Feb 2018

US Cuts Security Aid to Pakistan: What Does It Mean?

South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 05 Feb 2018

South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance

Key Parts of US Navy Commander’s Handbook Are Dangerously Misleading
Politics,Security

Key Parts of US Navy Commander’s Handbook Are Dangerously Misleading

The latest edition of the US Navy Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations is out. It is the first such revision in a decade — but it continues to convey to US Navy commanders controversial and unilateral interpretations of the international law of the sea.
The Underreported Crises of 2017
Security,Hotspots

The Underreported Crises of 2017

In 2017, the world’s press mostly focused on Donald Trump’s presidency in the US; China’s rise; and a number of global crises. 2017 also witnessed several other major humanitarian crises which, given the scale of the human suffering involved, were underreported by the world’s press.
Tackling the Wave of Homegrown Terrorism
Security

Tackling the Wave of Homegrown Terrorism

Homegrown terrorists are hard to identify; thus, it is difficult to prevent these outrages. Some of the terrorists, especially the “lone wolves” and those who radicalized themselves, are not directly involved in foreign military training and even have no co-conspirators.
By Yu Fu - 08 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Factoring Iran in the Delhi-Washington Nexus
Security

Factoring Iran in the Delhi-Washington Nexus

A recent report in the Long War Journal is critical of Iran and its alleged nuclear deals with global powers. Washington believes that since 1991, Iran has formed loose ties with terrorist organizations. These developments could affect India-US relations.
India-Pakistan Relations: Beyond the Security Narrative
Security,South Asia

India-Pakistan Relations: Beyond the Security Narrative

In light of recent US-South Asian diplomacy, India may seek to strengthen transportation and economic ties with Pakistan, as a gesture of peace and a move away from terrorism.
US, China, India and Japan: Maritime Powers in the Indian and Pacific Oceans
Security,East Asia,South Asia

US, China, India and Japan: Maritime Powers in the Indian and Pacific Oceans

There are four maritime powers in the Indian Ocean Basin and the Pacific Ocean: the US, China, India and Japan. All four have powerful blue water navies and have contributed to peace and security in the region.
By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea: US Policy Failure and Lessons Learned
Security,Hotspots

The South China Sea: US Policy Failure and Lessons Learned

As ASEAN and its dialogue partners gather in the Philippines for their annual political and security gab-fest, the East Asian Summit, there is a grudging but growing recognition that US policy regarding the South China Sea imbroglio has failed.
Some “Scientific” Surveys a Security Threat in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots

Some “Scientific” Surveys a Security Threat in the South China Sea

Water quality will affect communications with China’s nuclear powered and armed ballistic missile submarines. These submarines are its principal deterrent to a first nuclear strike against it.
Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?

North Korea’s threats to use its missiles and nuclear weapons demands a solution. The narrative is that China holds the key. But China has done little. It can and should do much more. This account is partly true, partly exaggerated, and partly false.
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