US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia
By Stephen R. Nagy - 21 Sep 2018

US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations

An unfavorable outcome in the mid-term elections for Trump will likely be leveraged by the Kim regime to extract a maximum number of concessions from the US and stakeholders to pursue economic development and retain his strategic nuclear deterrent.
A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Sep 2018

A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea

The Vostok-18 War Games: Russia Launches Largest Military Exercise with China
Politics,Security,China

By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Sep 2018

The Vostok-18 War Games: Russia Launches Largest Military Exercise with China

Freedom of Navigation: A Lost Legal Doctrine
Politics,Security,China

Freedom of Navigation: A Lost Legal Doctrine

Is the legal substance and function of freedom of navigation lost in translation when it has become a central point of major power competition and an instrumental role in broader strategic debates?
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China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea

A US Navy Poseidon 8-A flew over or “near” four of China’s occupied features in the South China Sea. A radio voice identifying itself as “the Chinese military” requested the plane to “leave immediately and keep off to avoid any misunderstanding.”
America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea

The US should have a grand strategy for Asia and determine the role of the South China Sea in it. But what are the US goals in Asia and does it have a “grand strategy” to achieve them?
 The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea

At the ASEAN meetings, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated an indirect but obvious warning to China that Washington was committed to the rule of law in the South China Sea. He then announced a security aid package to Southeast Asia prioritizing maritime security.
Mattis’ China Visit and Rising Tension in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

Mattis’ China Visit and Rising Tension in the South China Sea

In the run up to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ first visit to China from June 27-28, 2018, he said: “I want to go in without poisoning the well and do a lot of listening.” Well he certainly got an earful regarding the South China Sea.
The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists

A recent poll purports to show that there is a huge domestic opposition to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “soft” approach to China supposedly gathering steam.
North Korea’s Denuclearization: Reframing of Human Rights Discourse Might Help
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Reframing of Human Rights Discourse Might Help

By reframing the issue, the perceived threat to the DPRK’s ideological and psychological security may be reduced. A common discursive ground may then be found to engage the DPRK without a breakdown in dialogue on denuclearization, peace and the normalization of relations.
North Korea’s Denuclearization: Echoes of China’s Reform and Opening-up?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Echoes of China’s Reform and Opening-up?

For Beijing, the denuclearization drama playing out on the Korean Peninsula has strong parallels with China’s own reform and opening-up process led by Deng Xiaoping beginning in 1978.
US Policy in the South China Sea: Confusing the Possible with the Probable
Security,Hotspots,China

US Policy in the South China Sea: Confusing the Possible with the Probable

The war of words and tit-for-tat provocative actions of China and the US regarding the South China Sea could spiral out of control. Thus, it is a good time for analysts and decision makers to step back and distinguish between hope (the possible) and reality (the probable).
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