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

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

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

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

“Shutting The Stable Door After The Horse Has Bolted”: The Surge of Covid Crisis in India

Just months ago, India avowed an endgame to the pandemic, COVID-19 infections were dropping. The health minister heaped praise on the Prime Minister as well as the export of vaccines to developing nations Aswini Kumar From statistics and observations in the past months, the transmission has increased profusely, the new strain has so many variations … Continue reading “Shutting The Stable Door After The Horse Has Bolted”: The Surge of Covid Crisis in India

Taiwan and Global Health: Challenges to International Membership

President Tsai-Ing Wen expresses gratitude for Taiwan supporters despite another failed attempt to be included in WHA meeting. Angelo Brian T. Castro Source: Tsai-Ing Wen’s Social Media Post (@iingwen) Since 2019, Taiwan was declared by Numbeo’s Health Care Index,  the world's largest database of user-contributed data about cities and countries worldwide, as the best healthcare … Continue reading Taiwan and Global Health: Challenges to International Membership

No Herd Immunity but Herd Stupidity: A Case Study on Poor Pandemic Management in Asia

TCSS Security Commentaries #018 IF STATE AND SOCIETY DO NOT SYNERGIZE IN HANDLING THE SPREAD OF THE EPIDEMIC, THEN THE IDEALS OF HERD IMMUNITY ARE JUST UNTENABLE. WHAT COMES INSTEAD, IS HERD STUPIDITY. Elpeni Fitrah, Taiwan Center for Security Studies Herd Stupidity is a parody of herd immunity which is one way to end the … Continue reading No Herd Immunity but Herd Stupidity: A Case Study on Poor Pandemic Management in Asia

Vietnam Locks Down Amidst Soaring COVID-19 Cases

TCSS Security Commentaries #019 VIETNAM SEES NEW LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS DUE TO RISING COVID CASES THAT THREATEN MANY LIVES OF PEOPLE IN THE HO CHI MINH CITY AND 19 PROVINCES Thuong Nguyen, Taiwan Center for Security Studies The Re-Emergence of COVID-19 in Asia In the region, COVID cases of Vietnam is surpassing its neighbours out of … Continue reading Vietnam Locks Down Amidst Soaring COVID-19 Cases

Antarctica and Our Future

While Foreign Ministers met together in the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting last month, a growing concern about Antarctica climatic threshold raised on the other side of the planet. Thuong Nguyen Why is Antarctica critical? The Antarctic has long-time been known as Earth’s largest glacier, which is equivalent to 57.9 meters of global mean sea level … Continue reading Antarctica and Our Future