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

Adding Colors to the Gray-Zone: The Philippines’ changing views on the South China Sea

The Philippines gradually finds its way back in asserting its rights to the disputed sea as more countries send their forces to patrol the area.  Angelo Brian T. Castro Source: CNN Philippines The month of May has been a rollercoaster ride to the watchers of the South China Sea and the disputed areas in regional … Continue reading Adding Colors to the Gray-Zone: The Philippines’ changing views on the South China Sea

Harmonizing between Chances and Challenges, ASEAN Moves Closer to China: A Report to the 30th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations between ASEAN-China

Since economic recovery and regional security have become the two most important priorities for ASEAN at this moment, China seems to be the most understanding and comes as a reliable partner. Elpeni Fitrah   Photo: Xinhuanet.com  China marked the 30th anniversary of establishing its dialogue relations with ASEAN by hosting an in-person special ASEAN-China Foreign … Continue reading Harmonizing between Chances and Challenges, ASEAN Moves Closer to China: A Report to the 30th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations between ASEAN-China

Vietnam – US Relations Under a Biden Presidency

“THANK HEAVEN WE ARE HERE TODAY. TO SEE THE SUN THROUGH PARTING FOG AND CLOUDS”, THE TALES OF KIEU, THEN-VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, 2015. Thuong Nguyen Joe Biden shook hands with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at a luncheon at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., on July 7, 2015. From the first term … Continue reading Vietnam – US Relations Under a Biden Presidency

No Herd Immunity but Herd Stupidity: A Case Study on Poor Pandemic Management in Asia

TCSS Security Commentaries #018 IF STATE AND SOCIETY DO NOT SYNERGIZE IN HANDLING THE SPREAD OF THE EPIDEMIC, THEN THE IDEALS OF HERD IMMUNITY ARE JUST UNTENABLE. WHAT COMES INSTEAD, IS HERD STUPIDITY. Elpeni Fitrah, Taiwan Center for Security Studies Herd Stupidity is a parody of herd immunity which is one way to end the … Continue reading No Herd Immunity but Herd Stupidity: A Case Study on Poor Pandemic Management in Asia

US Secretary of Defense Austin Reaffirms American Commitments in Southeast Asia Strategic Triangle

TCSS Security Commentaries #019 US SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LLOYD AUSTIN BECAME THE FIRST MEMBER OF PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN’S CABINET TO VISIT SOUTHEAST ASIA, WITH THE DESIRE TO STRENGTHEN ALLIANCES AND PARTNERSHIPS AND AT THE SAME TIME, EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING A FREE AND OPEN INDO-PACIFIC REGION. Thuong Nguyen, Taiwan Center for Security Studies US … Continue reading US Secretary of Defense Austin Reaffirms American Commitments in Southeast Asia Strategic Triangle

Vietnam Locks Down Amidst Soaring COVID-19 Cases

TCSS Security Commentaries #019 VIETNAM SEES NEW LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS DUE TO RISING COVID CASES THAT THREATEN MANY LIVES OF PEOPLE IN THE HO CHI MINH CITY AND 19 PROVINCES Thuong Nguyen, Taiwan Center for Security Studies The Re-Emergence of COVID-19 in Asia In the region, COVID cases of Vietnam is surpassing its neighbours out of … Continue reading Vietnam Locks Down Amidst Soaring COVID-19 Cases