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

Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement: Risks behind Opportunities for Turkey

TCSS Security Commentaries #027 Turkey may also use its experiences to fructify the grain corridor agreement to resolve the energy and migration crises. Diren Dogan, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Turkey UN Secretary-General Guterres and Turkey's President Erdoğan at the Black Sea Grain Corridor signing ceremony in Istanbul  (Source: UNIC Ankara/Levent Kulu) The agreement, abbreviated as … Continue reading Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement: Risks behind Opportunities for Turkey

G-20 Bali summit: End of globalized world, start of new standard for international relations

TCSS Security Commentaries #027 G-20, a forum for forging compromises between the emerging and the developed world, is now an outlet to manifest their disagreements. Bruno Magno, MoFA Taiwan Fellow Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the opening ceremony of the G-20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bali. (Source: https://g20.org) Most western news outlets denounce the … Continue reading G-20 Bali summit: End of globalized world, start of new standard for international relations

G7 Communiqué & PGII: Reining in the Global Turbulence and Response to Security Risks

TCSS Security Commentaries #027 For regional countries that availed loans and grants from earlier regional initiatives, especially China's BRI, the interest rates have heavily burdened their economy aside from the global recession resulting from the pandemic. Brian Castro, TCSS G7 heads of state and government met with representatives of partner countries and international organisations. (Source: … Continue reading G7 Communiqué & PGII: Reining in the Global Turbulence and Response to Security Risks

China’s Great Power Ambitions in Pacific Islands

TCSS Security Commentaries #026 The China-Pacific Islands agreement can potentially compel Taiwan's diplomatic allies to terminate relations with Taiwan, as happened with Nicaragua in 2021 and Solomon Islands in 2019. Bruno Magno, MoFA Taiwan Fellow Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Fijian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama at the second China-Pacific Island Countries … Continue reading China’s Great Power Ambitions in Pacific Islands

European Union and its Indo-Pacific strategy

TCSS Security Commentaries #026 EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific outlines seven priority areas that could be considered a continuation and arguably a replacement for the 2018 EU Asia Strategy. Lina Laur, Sciences Po Paris G7 leaders meeting with Ukraine President Zelenskyy. (Source: Twitter) On June 28, the G7 summit came to an end. … Continue reading European Union and its Indo-Pacific strategy