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.

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.”

Dispatches from the East Sea: Vietnam Showcases Island’s Environmental Policy

photo credit: Dr. Chu Manh Trinh, modified

Vietnam now finds itself at a difficult crossroads between economic development that will bring prosperity to its people and conservation initiatives that maintain the rich beauty and natural heritage of the country.

Note to the Next US President: US-ASEAN Cooperation Must Endure

Flanked by Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participates in the U.S.-ASEAN meeting on the sidelines of the 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, New York, on September 30, 2015. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

The next US president must be sure to continue the spirit of US-ASEAN cooperation witnessed in last week’s summit.

South China Sea Dispute Compels Washington to Ratify Sea Law

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (July 1, 2013) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gives remarks during the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting [State Department photo by William Ng/Public Domain]

The time has come to put partisan politics aside and focus on national interests.

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