Nordstream Sabotage: EU-Russia Energy Tensions Escalate

TCSS Security Commentaries #029 The large-scale damage inflicted upon the Nordstream pipelines marks an important turning point in Europe's energy crisis, exemplifying how much is at stake in this complex constellation of interests. Milan Thiée, University of Heidelberg The ongoing power struggle between Russia, Europe, and the US noticeably played out in a scramble for … Continue reading Nordstream Sabotage: EU-Russia Energy Tensions Escalate

CHIP 4: Turning Point for South Korean Balancing Act?

TCSS Security Commentaries #029 Ratcheting tensions in the Korean peninsula and hesitancy to adhere US CHIP 4 alliance highlights South Korea's diplomatic tightrope walk between US-China strategic competition, domestic tech industries, and North Korea. Luana Margarete Geiger, Taiwan Fellowship Scholar President Biden's administration has been renewing the alliance network in East Asia with the international … Continue reading CHIP 4: Turning Point for South Korean Balancing Act?

India’s Rejection of ‘US vs. China’ Construct

TCSS Security Commentaries #028 India has its independent standpoint and perspective on the world order. India's policies will be defined by its own "choices, values, and interests. Nihar K Kulkarni, University of Warsaw Over the past two decades, India has gradually expanded and strengthened its defense and strategic relations with the West, particularly with the … Continue reading India’s Rejection of ‘US vs. China’ Construct

August ’22 PLA Military Exercises: Implications for Taiwan’s Security

TCSS Security Commentaries #028 Latest military exercises have raised worries that China will normalize such drills and permanently station larger levels of military forces in the Fujian province across the Taiwan Strait. Hugo Tierny, MoFA Taiwan Scholar In response to US Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, China conducted military exercises in the Taiwan … Continue reading August ’22 PLA Military Exercises: Implications for Taiwan’s Security

EU Gas Emergency Plan met with Divided Response

TCSS Security Commentaries #028 In an attempt to break away from the dependency on Russian gas supplies, the European Union must not only face persistent disunity at its core but reevaluate the role that it can play on a world political stage. Deliberate sabotage and large leaks in Nord Stream 1 and 2 on September … Continue reading EU Gas Emergency Plan met with Divided Response

Ukraine Conflict and Geopolitical Turbulence within Quad

Security Commentaries The Indo-Pacific region seems to be an outlet for the US’s strategic competition with China. It is demonstrated in the US’s exaggeration of China’s aggressiveness as an inevitable threat to the region’s integrity and global stability. Elpeni Fitrah, Taiwan Center for Security Studies Quad foreign ministers meeting the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison … Continue reading Ukraine Conflict and Geopolitical Turbulence within Quad

Toward Revitalized West: Strategic Implications of Russian Aggression Against Ukraine

Security Commentaries The Russian invasion instead of an easy win has brought significant losses for Moscow both on the battlefield and in international politics. Russia now faces not only deepening isolation, but also a more determined and resilient West that aims to increase its military capabilities, diversify energy imports and shrug off any ambiguous connections to … Continue reading Toward Revitalized West: Strategic Implications of Russian Aggression Against Ukraine

Multi-Vulnerability Index for SIDS and Developing Countries: Way Forward to COP 27

Security Commentaries The SIDS are positioning themselves as drivers for climate action in the international effort to combat global warming. Lina Laur, Taiwan Center for Security Studies St. Lucia Embassy hosts ceremony on climate change cooperation with TCSS (Source: Embassy of Saint Lucia in Taiwan) The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released … Continue reading Multi-Vulnerability Index for SIDS and Developing Countries: Way Forward to COP 27