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

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”

Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting 2021

The Council approves ten years strategic plan and the incoming Russian chairmanship. Evgenii Iastrubinskii A ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council took place on May 20, in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ministers and Representatives of eight Arctic States and six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations discussed issues relating to international cooperation on sustainable development of the Arctic and … Continue reading Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting 2021

The Achilles Heel of NATO’s New Horizon: Sino-Turkish Rapprochement

The NATO Summit in Brussel represents a milestone in several ways. The US firmly attempts to reassure its allies, and the Alliance expanded its political agenda to address threats emanating from growing China. However, China-Turkey rapprochement will likely be the Achilles' heels of the new agenda.  Harun Talha Ayanoğlu Out of Brussels this week from … Continue reading The Achilles Heel of NATO’s New Horizon: Sino-Turkish Rapprochement

Biden – Putin Summit: Seeking for Stable and Predictable Relations

The summit between presidents Putin and Biden took place in Geneva on June 16. The meeting was held in two formats, first between the heads of state and heads of foreign affairs agencies, then in an expanded format, with the participation of the heads of the defense departments, the intelligence community and other foreign policy … Continue reading Biden – Putin Summit: Seeking for Stable and Predictable Relations

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

Build Back Better World (B3W), Like-Minded Nations of the World Unite?

TCSS Security Commentaries #018 TAIWAN, AS A LIKE-MINDED PARTNER AND A PRIVATE-SECTOR STRONGHOLD IN ASIA, WOULD AT FIRST GLANCE SEEM LIKE A STRONG CANDIDATE PARTAKING IN THE WASHINGTON-LED B3W. WHETHER THIS PREMISE HOLDS TRUE WILL LIKELY HANG IN THE BALANCE OF BILATERAL DEVELOPMENTS ACROSS THE TAIWAN STRAIT, IF AT ALL. Richard Chen and Jaime Ocon, … Continue reading Build Back Better World (B3W), Like-Minded Nations of the World Unite?

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