Philippines
Implications of China’s New Coast Guard Law

The new law passed by China’s legislature giving powers allowing its Coast Guard to fire on foreign vessels (without warning if necessary) as also permitting it to demolish structures built in under the ‘jurisdiction’ of China is undoubtedly a ....

How the Sabah Dispute Challenges ASEAN’s Regional Security Vision

The issue of Sabah or North Borneo, as it was known till 19631, was brushed under a legal carpet of convenience ever since the Malaysian Federation was formed. Sabah lies on the island of Borneo, the world’s third largest island astride ....

Japan- Vietnam Security Matrix in the Indo-Pacific Region

The security scenario centring in the much contested South China Sea continues to be grimmer because of China’s expansionist designs and expanding maritime claims, converting this part of the ocean into the most dangerous hotspot. In its intimidati....

Twin Bombings in the Philippines: Abu Sayyaf Group is “Back in Game”

In the 2019 Global Terrorism Index report published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Philippines moved up a rank at ninth (9th) position among top 10 countries impacted by the act of terrorism. However, the data depicts a decline of 1....

Joint Military Operations against Daesh in Southern Philippines

Pertinent Issues Terror as a tool has been used through the ages to achieve political and military objectives. Currently it is often described as Fourth Generation Warfare. Broadly it is an asymmetric tool that is normally used....

South China Sea: China’s Achilles Heel?

In an eleven-page press release, the Permanent Court of Arbitration has given its unanimous award by the Tribunal under Annex VII to the United Nation Convention on the Laws of the Sea (the “Convention”) in the arbitration instituted by the Repub....

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