South China Sea Dispute

Tillerson Fired as Trump Veers “America First”

cc Flickr Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, modified,

Trump has installed a kindred spirit at the top of the State Department. The move can be expected to reverberate throughout US foreign policy, notably in the administration’s approach to Iran.

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.

Global Forecast (02-06-2018)


Pressure mounts on South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, China nears completion of its militarization of Mischief Reef, and a CPEC worker is assassinated in Karachi.

Oceans More Wild West than Global Commons

171212-N-BK384-039 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 12, 2017) The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) transits the Suez Canal. San Diego, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin A. Schoenberger/Released),

The global strategic framework for regulating the oceans could be in danger of becoming a dead letter.

What to Expect from the Trump-Xi Summit

Trump2015, cc Flickr Michael Vadon, modified,

Which will prevail during President Trump’s visit to the Middle Kingdom – style or substance?

Introducing China’s New Politburo Standing Committee

WY, cc Flickr Michel Temer, modified,

With this latest standing committee, President Xi Jinping has cemented his authority over the Party for the next five years.

Backgrounder: ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith/Released)

This backgrounder recounts the latest progress by ASEAN on the South China Sea dispute, and explores why consensus has been so elusive for the regional grouping.

China Looks to Extend Its Global Military Reach

ChinaCarrier, cc Flickr Simon YANG, modified,

What’s next for the PLA Navy after Djibouti and the South China Sea? Gwadar, the Maldives, or Hambantota?

Vietnam’s Social Media Shaping New Environmentalism

Credit: photo by Adam Hunt.

Informed activists help improve public involvement in policy planning

US Extends Arms to Former Enemy Vietnam

A crowd of roughly 120 people, mostly Vietnamese-Americans waving flags of both countries, and some dressed in traditional Vietnamese attire, attend the arrival of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of Vietnam's Communist Party, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 6, 2015. Trong is scheduled to meet with President Obama July 7, which will be the first visit at the White House since the two countries normalized relations about 20 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)

Vietnam’s premier meets President Trump on the heels of the US administration’s first FONOP in the South China Sea.

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