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

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

Finland and Sweden joining NATO reshapes European geopolitical landscape

TCSS Security Commentaries #025 On May 16, both Finland and Sweden officialized their adhesion process to join NATO. It is a historical step in ending both countries' non-alignment policies. Lina Laur, Sciences Po Paris Moscow violated the Budapest Memorandum of Understanding (1994) by invading Ukraine and violating its territorial integrity. It also triggered Finland and … Continue reading Finland and Sweden joining NATO reshapes European geopolitical landscape

Inaugural Japan-Philippines “2+2” meeting reaffirms commitment to Free and Open Indo-Pacific

TCSS Security Commentaries #025 With the inaugural "2+2" meeting, Japan and the Philippines took a step forward to foster greater security cooperation and demonstrate Japan's willingness to commit to a more vital role in the region. Angelo Brian T. Castro, Taiwan Center for Security Studies (Source: Ministry of Defense, Japan) In April, the Japanese Minister … Continue reading Inaugural Japan-Philippines “2+2” meeting reaffirms commitment to Free and Open Indo-Pacific

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

In Vietnam, the New “Four Pillars” and the Desire for National Prosperity

Security Commentaries #012 This time, the party leadership team will propel Vietnam towards a more prominent role and position within the regional geopolitical fabric. Thuong Nguyen From left to right: National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. Source: Vietnam News Agency. … Continue reading In Vietnam, the New “Four Pillars” and the Desire for National Prosperity

Chief U.S. Gasoline Pipeline Struck Down by “Darkside”

Ransomware strike closes down major U.S. pipeline- Colonial Pipeline delivers 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast. Aswini Kumar and Thuong Nguyen Earlier last month, the Colonial Pipeline Company in Linden, New Jersey, which provides the primary source of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel for half of the U.S. eastern coast, became the … Continue reading Chief U.S. Gasoline Pipeline Struck Down by “Darkside”