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Toward a New Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea
June 22, 2018
Toward a New Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea
How the US can reformulate its approach to China in the maritime domain.
Toward a New Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea
Trying to Solve the Philippines’ South China Sea Conundrum 
June 05, 2018
Trying to Solve the Philippines’ South China Sea Conundrum 
Realistically, joint development of resources is probably the Philippines’ best bet.
Trying to Solve the Philippines’ South China Sea Conundrum 
Are US FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
October 28, 2017
Are US FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
Written communiques and diplomacy are enough for most countries to object to overly extensive maritime claims.
Are US FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
Time for the US to Stop Losing Ground to China in the South China Sea
October 24, 2017
Time for the US to Stop Losing Ground to China in the South China Sea
More opportunities for Washington to push back against Beijing in the South China Sea.
Time for the US to Stop Losing Ground to China in the South China Sea
The US-China Perception Gap in the South China Sea
August 19, 2016
The US-China Perception Gap in the South China Sea
The United States and China perceive the South China Sea issue in starkly different terms.
The US-China Perception Gap in the South China Sea
The South China Sea Ruling: 1 Month Later
August 12, 2016
The South China Sea Ruling: 1 Month Later
Time to carefully analyze the Chinese reaction to determine how best to respond in the coming months.
The South China Sea Ruling: 1 Month Later
What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?
August 02, 2016
What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?
Defending China's "historic rights" in the South China Sea is integral to the Communist Party's political narrative.
What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?
International Law Won't Stop China in the South China Sea
July 20, 2016
International Law Won't Stop China in the South China Sea
Countering power with rules is doomed to fail in the South China Sea.
International Law Won't Stop China in the South China Sea
The South China Sea Is Really a Fishery Dispute
July 20, 2016
The South China Sea Is Really a Fishery Dispute
The hidden cause of the South China Sea disputes: there aren't enough fish in the sea.
The South China Sea Is Really a Fishery Dispute
The Philippines' Triumph: Right Over Might
July 19, 2016
The Philippines' Triumph: Right Over Might
It is precisely the fairness and impartiality of the process chosen by Manila to vent its claims that China objects to.
The Philippines' Triumph: Right Over Might
China Has Much to Gain From the South China Sea Ruling
July 18, 2016
China Has Much to Gain From the South China Sea Ruling
The decision regarding Itu Aba allows China to challenge excessive EEZs claimed by Japan, the U.S., France, and others.
China Has Much to Gain From the South China Sea Ruling
The South China Sea Ruling: China's International Law Dilemma
July 14, 2016
The South China Sea Ruling: China's International Law Dilemma
"China may be entering a new phase of its relationship with the international order."
The South China Sea Ruling: China's International Law Dilemma
China Keeps the Upper Hand, South China Sea Arbitration Ruling Nonwithstanding
July 13, 2016
China Keeps the Upper Hand, South China Sea Arbitration Ruling Nonwithstanding
The judicial ruling could actually give China the advantage, if Beijing proves it can flout the law with impunity.
China Keeps the Upper Hand, South China Sea Arbitration Ruling Nonwithstanding
Taiwan: South China Sea Ruling 'Completely Unacceptable'
July 13, 2016
Taiwan: South China Sea Ruling 'Completely Unacceptable'
Taiwan denounces the tribunal's decision that Itu Aba is a rock, not an island.
Taiwan: South China Sea Ruling 'Completely Unacceptable'
China: Tribunal Ruling 'Null and Void', Will Not Affect South China Sea Claims
July 12, 2016
China: Tribunal Ruling 'Null and Void', Will Not Affect South China Sea Claims
Beijing continues to push its South China Sea claims, though many were struck down by an arbitral tribunal today.
China: Tribunal Ruling 'Null and Void', Will Not Affect South China Sea Claims
China and UNCLOS: An Inconvenient History
July 11, 2016
China and UNCLOS: An Inconvenient History
As South China Sea tensions rise, Beijing rethinks its relationship with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
China and UNCLOS: An Inconvenient History
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