TCSS Security Commentaries #032 Strategically, the vacuum created by the withdrawal of the West after decades of its hegemonic presence is a timely opportunity for China to strengthen its foothold in the region. Rebecca Chohwanglim, Visiting Scholar, TCSS. Afghanistan's Taliban Political Chief, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and China's Ambassador to Afghanistan, Wang Yu, in Kabul.Source: … Continue reading China Expands Footprint in Taliban’s Afghanistan: Signs $540 Million Energy Deal
NATO and the Indo-Pacific: Can India be another Springboard?
TCSS Security Commentaries #032 The path forward seems to be establishing a very targeted, carefully structured cooperation that will permit India and NATO to collaborate against security threats while allowing New Delhi's diplomats to keep ties with other states to maintain India's strategic autonomy. Pauline Geyer, Intern, TCSS Source: https://avaaz24.com/nato-plus-should-india-join/ In March 2023, New Delhi … Continue reading NATO and the Indo-Pacific: Can India be another Springboard?
President Marcos Jr.’s Three-day State Visit to Beijing: Inks 14 Agreements and Attracts Investments in Billions
TCSS Security Commentaries #031 It is yet to see whether establishing direct communication between Manila and Beijing would result in more diplomatic progress or protests. Angelo Brian T. Castro, TCSS Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. visited Beijing for three days to discuss investment deals with China and raise the issue of the South China … Continue reading President Marcos Jr.’s Three-day State Visit to Beijing: Inks 14 Agreements and Attracts Investments in Billions
Europe’s Decoupling from China and EU-ASEAN Relations
TCSS Security Commentaries #031 The EU-ASEAN Commemorative Summit is an important step for Europe as dependency on Russia catalyzes a discursive reframing of “authoritarian enemies,” and the notion of systemic rivalry saturates the bloc’s stance towards China Milan Thiée, University of Heidelberg On December 14, the first-ever EU-ASEAN member states summit was held in Brussels. … Continue reading Europe’s Decoupling from China and EU-ASEAN Relations
Will Indonesia Spearhead New Breakthroughs in Its ASEAN Chairmanship?
TCSS Security Commentaries #031 Under its matured leadership and credible experiences in mediating conflict resolutions in ASEAN, Indonesia would significantly progress in overcoming the Myanmar crisis, the South China Sea dispute, and operationalizing the AOIP. Marina Ika Sari, Researcher-The Habibie Center After Indonesia successfully served as the G20 Presidency last year, 2023 is again a … Continue reading Will Indonesia Spearhead New Breakthroughs in Its ASEAN Chairmanship?
New Chapter of Old Playbook: North Korean Missile Tests Amidst US Midterm Elections
TCSS Security Commentaries #030 After the stalled Trump-Kim summit diplomacy in 2018, the Korean Peninsula is back on the security agenda as North Korea has tested an unprecedented number of missiles in 2022. Luana Margarete Geiger, Taiwan Fellowship Scholar North Korea has been causing alarm in the Pacific region as it ramped up missile testing. … Continue reading New Chapter of Old Playbook: North Korean Missile Tests Amidst US Midterm Elections
Bali G20 Summit: Joint Communiqué Is Not Indicator of Success
TCSS Security Commentaries #030 The Indonesian Presidency of 2022 G20 has succeeded in placing a series of crucial issues in “the Leaders’ Declaration.” Elpeni Fitrah, Taiwan Center for Security Studies The Group of 20 (G20) Summit concluded by adopting the 19-page-long “G20 Bali Leaders’ Declaration” with 52 key points on November 16 in Bali, Indonesia. … Continue reading Bali G20 Summit: Joint Communiqué Is Not Indicator of Success
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