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

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”

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