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Duterte's 'Brand-Is-Crisis' Strategy

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 10.07.2016 | World
Edsel Tupaz

Crisis branding can be an effective political campaign strategy because it draws power from frightening people, but it has no place in day-to-day governance. Normalizing fright and violence is not a governance model and is a huge step in the wrong direction.

China's Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.22.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Even after The Hague decision, China's government continues to vociferously argue that its 'nine-dash line' of sovereignty over the entire South China...

Decoding China-U.S. Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Citizens of any nation will naturally rally around their flag when they believe they are under attack, have been offended, or want to flex their muscl...

The End Of ASEAN?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

asean flag "All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down," Friedrich Nietzsche once claimed. Words do matter -- and in international diplomacy, they can sometimes spell the difference between neglectful chaos and principled order.

Beijing and the South China Sea: Why it Matters

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Chinese island building in the South China Sea On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague handed down an almost 500-page long decisi...

Beijing Flouts International Tribunal Ruling -- Just Like Western Powers

Graham Allison | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Graham Allison

No permanent member of the U.N. Security Council has ever complied with a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on an issue involving the Law of the Sea.

China Can’t Ignore the Hague’s Decision—But it Can Avoid It

Jill Goldenziel | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Jill Goldenziel

China has dismissed the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s legal ruling for the Philippines over claims in the South China Sea as a mere “piece of w...

China and The Philippines' Dual South China Sea Challenge

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

The ruling raises a host of questions - for China, for the Philippines (which brought the action against China to the PCA), and for the other nations bordering the South China Sea, which also have ongoing disputes with Beijing on the same subject.

The Truth Behind the Philippines' Case on the South China Sea

He Yafei | Posted 07.12.2016 | World
He Yafei

BEIJING -- What we are witnessing is in reality a fight to safeguard international standards of law and the rule-based world order.

Trial of the Century: Philippines vs. China in the South China Sea

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

In the coming days, an obscure arbitral tribunal, constituted under the auspices of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), is e...

Asia's New Battlefield: The South China Sea Disputes

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

China is inching closer to transforming the world's most important waterway -- hosting a third of global maritime trade, four times oil trade than Suez Canal, and a tenth of global fisheries resources -- into a domestic lake.

Governing the High Seas

Peter Neill | Posted 04.15.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

The earth's surface is more than 70% ocean, supporting our claim that our planet would have best been called "Aqua," more water than land, a sea of blue connecting the remaining disconnected green, where has been concentrated the history of human activity, for better or for worse.

China Should Be Concerned About the Hague Tribunal

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.04.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

On October 29th, in a unanimous decision, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague issued its first, preliminary ruling concerning whether the Tribunal has 'jurisdiction' over the issues raised by the Philippines against China's so called 'nine-dash line' in the South China Sea.

Philippines vs. China: International Law or Rule of the Jungle?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 10.30.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Earlier this month, many Filipinos, who are sick and tired of chronic corruption, were annoyed by the United Nations' (UN) decision to slam the Filipino government's detention of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, one of Philippines' most unpopular politicians in history.

China and the Philippines: Asia's Most Toxic Relationship

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.17.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Unless China dramatically scales back its para-military patrols, military exercises, and construction activities across disputed waters, any Filipino leader will undoubtedly face an uphill battle, if not domestic backlash, in exploring a more pragmatic relationship with Beijing.

South China Sea: Philippines Running Out of Options

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.04.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

China wants to hand down a fait accompli to both the international court and the next American administration by achieving de facto -- if not du jour -- domination over contested features in the South China Sea.

China's Territorial Claim at Risk in the South China Sea

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Edsel Tupaz

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague has announced that in July it will be holding the first hearing on the 2013 arbitration case the Philippines filed against China questioning the legal validity of China's '9-dash line' claim over the South China Sea.

The Rule of Law Is China's Challenge in the South China Sea

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The PRC has become masterful at playing the international system against itself, whether on issues related to maritime law or development finance, as has been skillfully demonstrated with the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Global Policy Needed to Keep Sharks in Our Oceans

Greg Stone | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Greg Stone

There is weak international governance of our oceans. The fragmented nature of ocean governance is a challenge that needs to be overcome in order to protect sharks on the global scale.

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

This initiative represents a powerful and focused effort on the part of international leaders to regenerate and refocus our collective energy on solutions that respond most directly to the intervening negative circumstances that have challenged the world ocean ecosystem to its core.

China Needs to Decide What It Wants To Be

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

For decades the Chinese government has deployed both soft and hard power to promote China's influence and status, while at the same time discouraging interference in Chinese affairs.

China, the Philippines and the Rule of Law

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Can a state remain a party to a treaty or convention without being bound by its rules? Can contracting states adhere to an international legal regime and simultaneously opt out of any binding force required or to be required by that regime?

China vs. the Philippines: Will International Law Resolve South China Sea Disputes?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.09.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

Will the 21st-century global order be led primarily by might and military muscle or rights and norms? We may get an answer in the near future. The P...