Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 12 Jun 2019

Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea

There is no universal agreement on the interpretation of key provisions in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Indeed, important differences are emerging between Southeast Asian nations and the US regarding the theory and enforcement of freedom of navigation.
The Shangri-La Dialogue: The Confrontation That Never Was
Politics,Security

By Mark J. Valencia - 08 Jun 2019

The Shangri-La Dialogue: The Confrontation That Never Was

The Shangri-La Dialogue: Great Expectations and the Positives
Politics,Security

By Tai Wei Lim - 07 Jun 2019

The Shangri-La Dialogue: Great Expectations and the Positives

US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical

Three US Senators have reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act. Its purpose is to “impose sanctions against Chinese entities that participate in Beijing’s attempts to assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions.”
A Third Trump-Kim Meeting in the Works?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

A Third Trump-Kim Meeting in the Works?

On April 12, 2019, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un finally uttered publicly he was open to a third summit with US President Donald J Trump. Trump himself does not appear to rule out the possibility of a third summit.
By Tai Wei Lim - 16 May 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Islamic State: From Territorial to Spiritual Caliphate
Politics,Security,South Asia

Islamic State: From Territorial to Spiritual Caliphate

Following recent battlefield losses, IS has compressed its various wilayats (provinces) in Iraq and Syria into two and moved away from the proto-state model of the Caliphate. In other words, IS has pivoted from a territorial to a spiritual Caliphate.
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What’s Behind the Philippines’ Scientific Expedition to the Spratlys?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

What’s Behind the Philippines’ Scientific Expedition to the Spratlys?

The Philippines is undertaking a government-sponsored marine scientific expedition to the Spratlys area. While billed as an advance in scientific knowledge, it may be perceived to be a soft assertion of sovereignty.
Parsing the Present Philippines-China Contretemps
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Parsing the Present Philippines-China Contretemps

According to the Philippines, the presence of about 275 Chinese vessels near Thitu between January and March 2019 violated its “sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction”. It filed a diplomatic protest to this effect.
Japan-North Korea Ties: Will There Be an Abe-Kim Summit?
Politics,Security,East Asia

Japan-North Korea Ties: Will There Be an Abe-Kim Summit?

Buoyed by the media attention on the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, Japan has been trying hard to lobby for its own bilateral leadership summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
By Tai Wei Lim - 05 Apr 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Are “Black Market Cellphones” Helping China Leverage North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Are “Black Market Cellphones” Helping China Leverage North Korea?

China’s exports to North Korea are seen as strengthening Pyongyang’s rule. But could Chinese complicity in illicit cross-border trade be aimed at undermining or leveraging the Kim regime?
The South China Sea: The Wailing of the Warmongers
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: The Wailing of the Warmongers

There is certainly no shortage of warmongering blaring from both China and the US regarding the South China Sea. Indeed, a recent public tit-for-tat illustrates both the danger of such public advocacy and of taking it seriously.
The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea

On March 13, 2019, the US Department of State released the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Twenty-nine pages are dedicated to reporting on human rights violations in North Korea.
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