Crescent group of the disputed Paracel Islands. via Wikimedia Commons.
Asia / Blog

Troubled Waters: Land Reclamation and Rising Tensions in the South China Sea

Crescent group of disputed Paracel Islands, 2008. via Wikimedia Commons.

The arena of a number of competing territorial claims – including from China, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan – the South China Sea is at the core of converging regional interests in the Asia-Pacific region. Encompassing an area through which 40 percent of the world’s …

HMAS Darwin
Asia / Blog

An Appraisal of Australian Maritime Strategy: Part I

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin. Photo source: Kristopher Wilson via Wikipedia Commons.

Australia is often overlooked as an important contributor to East Asia’s economic and security developments in analyses regarding the region’s maritime environment. Though situated on the periphery, divided from the main areas of concern by the Indonesian archipelago, Australia has close ties, …

Asia / Blog

The EU’s role as a partner for peace in Mindanao

Peace activists demand resumption of Peace – Morohistorywatch via Wikimedia Commons

The Mindanao Conflict is classified as a part of a group of distant forgotten conflicts hardly ever gaining coverage in Western media over the past decades. It is one of the oldest conflicts with its roots dating back to the early 16th century. The …

Blog / Europe

Establishing International Cyber Norms

U.S. Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command – Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Corey Lewis , U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

“I repeat that spying among friends is not at all acceptable against anyone, and that goes for every citizen in Germany.”

Angela Merkel

A statement that has resonated with me since the …

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons
Americas / Asia

The Geopolitics of the Oceans

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons

The world’s oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth. They have been and still are an integral part of human history, our food chain and environment. Yet, most geopolitical discussions nowadays are focused on land based territorial disputes. This …

Blog / International Security

#NotABugSplat: Art as effective resistance to drone strikes in Pakistan?

The #NotABugSplat installation as seen from a drone. Reprinted with permission from #NotABugSplat.

In a previous article for Future Foreign Policy, I discussed the psychological impact of drone vision – the imagery relayed to the drone pilot via drone camera – and what features of it renders killing-by-drone simultaneously simple and complicated. One aspect considered, …

Blog / International Law

‘Blood Antiquities': Terrorist Financing in the Islamic State

Decumanus Maximus of Palmyra – by Bernard Gagnon. via Wikimedia Commons.

The self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ (‘IS’) is stronger than it was when it was first proclaimed on 29 June last year. The group’s ability to keep winning victories was confirmed on 17 May in Iraq, when it seized Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and …