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James Borton

James Borton is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at Yale University. He is a freelance global journalist who writes for Asia Times, Asia Literary Review, Foreign Policy and The Washington Times. He recently edited Islands and Rocks in the South China Sea: Post Hague Ruling. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington and a regular contributor to Geopolitical Monitor. James is now at work on a new book, Dispatches from the South China Sea.

Washington Sleeps While China Makes Waves in South China Sea

White House Washington, cc Cezary P, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:White_House_Washington.JPG

The US needs to play a stabilizing role in the SCS as China seeks to impose its hegemonic control of the region and beyond.

Vietnam offers Model Economy for Second Trump-Kim Summit

Rush hour traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, cc Flickr M M, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

As a country with a similar past, Vietnam’s historical experience offers Pyongyang a path back to the global mainstream.

ARIA Reassures Vietnam of Ongoing US FONOPS in South China Sea

Lễ đón Sỹ quan, thủy thủ đoàn tàu Hải quân Hoa Kỳ thăm hữu nghị Đà Nẵng (The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crew greeted by Vietnamese in Da Nang, Vietnam last year. Courtesy of VNA.)

The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) is the latest sign of a renaissance in US-Vietnam relations.

Vietnam Ready for a Seat at the UN Security Council

UN_security_council, cc Bernd Untiedt, Germany, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:UN_security_council_2005.jpg

Vietnam’s commitment to global institutions and poverty alleviation make it a good candidate for a rotating seat at the UN Security Council.

Fishing Frontlines: A Sea Change for Southeast Asia Fish Exports

Catfish (Pangasius) from Vietnam's freshwater fish farms. Vietnamfish, Cong Mao - Vietnam News Agency., modified.

Strong region-wide management practices can help replenish Southeast Asia’s declining fish stocks. But getting there won’t be easy.

Fishing Nets and Market Economy Status Tie up US-Vietnam Trade

FishingBoats, cc Flickr Lucas Jans, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Trump administration's protectionist roadmap has thrown a wrench into Vietnam's active efforts to achieve market status.

US Carrier Strike Group Making Waves in the South China Sea

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 25, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 launches off the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacob G. Kaucher/Released)

The historic port visit of the USS Carl Vinson reflects a US-Vietnamese relationship that is quickly evolving.

Vietnam’s Social Media Shaping New Environmentalism

Credit: photo by Adam Hunt.

Informed activists help improve public involvement in policy planning

Vietnam Waits for Signs of Trump’s Asia Policy

Secretary Tillerson meets with Vietnam's FM Pham Bing Minh. cc Flickr US Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

With the ‘Asia Pivot’ gone, and the TPP with it, Hanoi left to guess at what the Trump administration’s Asia Pacific policy will be.

After The Hague, ASEAN Must Reach an Ecological Security Consensus

The SCS region may see more empty fishing nets in the near future. (public domain)

“We are headed towards a major fishery collapse and this environmental catastrophe will impact hundreds of millions of lives; it’s time to act now.”

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