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

BRICS and Quad: India’s Strategic Autonomy to Balance China

A CONTINUED BEIJING’S BELLIGERENCE AGAINST INDIA MAY FURTHER TILT NEW DELHI TOWARDS QUAD, WHILE NOT COMPLETELY ABANDONING THE BRICS SPACE FOR BEIJING. Veeresh Kanduri On June 1, the Foreign Ministers of BRICS—a grouping of five nations spread over four continents including Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—held the annual meeting virtually online, as it is … Continue reading BRICS and Quad: India’s Strategic Autonomy to Balance China

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

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

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

Who Holds the Future of the Middle Corridor?

TCSS Security Commentaries #018 AFTER THE G7 AND NATO SUMMITS, THE QUESTION ARISES ONCE MORE HOW MUCH INFLUENCE CHINA WILL EXERT IN ITS PLANS FOR GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY IN TRADE, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND INVESTMENTS. THE MIDDLE CORRIDOR PROJECT (MC) IS IN A POSITION TO HARMONIZE AND PERHAPS KEEP GROUNDED INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS IN THE REGION. Diren Dogen, Visiting … Continue reading Who Holds the Future of the Middle Corridor?