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?

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

Back in Vienna: The Iran Deal and Is It Salvageable?

Security commentaries #012 Iran and the P5+1 countries meet in Vienna to restore the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal. The initial sessions of the talks were promising for both sides at the table. However, on April 11, Iran accused Israel of launching a cyberattack on Natanz underground enrichment facility, and this event has ignited concerns over … Continue reading Back in Vienna: The Iran Deal and Is It Salvageable?

Japan’s Evolving Security Environment in the Taiwan Strait

TCSS Security Commentaries #019 Rising temperatures in the Taiwan Strait have reached the shores of Japan in the latest defense white paper from Tokyo. While Tokyo continues to abide by the One-China Policy as does most of the international community, the report outlines growing interest and higher stakes for Japan in the matter of Taiwan’s … Continue reading Japan’s Evolving Security Environment in the Taiwan Strait