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US Freedom of Navigation Challenges in South China Sea on Hold
May 08, 2017

US Freedom of Navigation Challenges in South China Sea on Hold

By Steven Stashwick
Apparent deference to other issues echoes Obama principles in region.

US FONOPs Actually Conceded Maritime Rights to China
March 08, 2017

US FONOPs Actually Conceded Maritime Rights to China

By Joseph Bosco
By conducting FONOPs as innocent passage, the Obama administration tacitly acknowledged Chinese territorial seas.
Downplaying Sino-US Tensions in the South China Sea
August 19, 2016

Downplaying Sino-US Tensions in the South China Sea

By Hunter Marston
How to help ease tensions in what is often called the world's most important bilateral relationship.

US South China Sea FONOPs to Increase in Scope, Complexity: Commander
January 28, 2016

US South China Sea FONOPs to Increase in Scope, Complexity: Commander

By Prashanth Parameswaran
PACOM commander Harry Harris reveals what the future outlook might be for US FONOPs.

The Strategist, the Lawyer and the South China Sea
December 22, 2015

The Strategist, the Lawyer and the South China Sea

By Kerry Lynn Nankivell
Understanding law and politics in contested waters.

Is the Pentagon Out of Step with the White House on China?
December 21, 2015

Is the Pentagon Out of Step with the White House on China?

By Amitai Etzioni
Recent events suggest it might be.

Debating Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea
November 19, 2015

Debating Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea

By Sam Bateman
Continuing the debate on the value of U.S. FONOPs, Sam Bateman responds.
Gunboat Diplomacy in the South China Sea
November 18, 2015

Gunboat Diplomacy in the South China Sea

By Kun-Chin Lin and Andrés Villar Gertner
We’re entering a new phase in political signaling by China and the U.S.

Chinese Nationalist Sentiment After the US South China Sea Patrol
November 02, 2015

Chinese Nationalist Sentiment After the US South China Sea Patrol

By Nhung Bui
How did Chinese commentators respond after last week’s freedom of navigation patrol?

Why US FON Operations in the South China Sea Make Sense
October 31, 2015

Why US FON Operations in the South China Sea Make Sense

By Jonathan G. Odom
The U.S. Navy’s Freedom of Navigation Program is an important expression of international law.

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