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Expert Views: Implications of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility

Perspectives 3 • 2015 • By SCSTT Editorial Team

Experts offer their reactions to the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s “Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility” in the Philippines vs. China arbitration case.

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Rapporteur’s Report: Common Themes from the “Workshop on Recent Developments in the South China Sea Arbitration and their Implications”

Report • 2015 • By Jonathan Spangler

This report summarizes nine common themes addressed at the “Workshop on Recent Developments in the South China Sea Arbitration and their Implications” held October 7–8, 2015, in Taipei.

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A Survey of Western Sources in Vietnam’s South China Sea Narrative

Issue Briefings 11 • 2015 • By Alex Calvo

Like other South China Sea claimants, Vietnam deploys a range of arguments to support its narrative, including the invocation of historical documents, many of which are Western in origin. Hanoi has argued that such documents are particularly relevant because they come from non-claimant states, yet as with most historical sources, they are subject to interpretation.

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Russia’s South China Sea Approach and Search for Strategic Autonomy

Issue Briefings 10 • 2015 • By Alex Calvo

The publicity surrounding Sino-Russian relations and the Ukrainian crisis have often overshadowed Moscow’s continued policy of cooperation with other East Asian countries in line with its goals of avoiding excessive dependence on China and becoming a major Pacific power.

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Let’s Get Real about the South China Sea “Status Quo”

Issue Briefings 9 • 2015 • By Jonathan Spangler

In discussions of the South China Sea disputes, the term “status quo” gets tossed around like a tugboat in a typhoon, but few leaders or analysts take a step back to consider what they are really talking about.

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Island Development and Reclamation: A Comparative Study of the Activities of China, Vietnam, and the Philippines

Issue Briefings 8 • 2015 • By Serafettin Yilmaz

Beijing’s land reclamation and buildup activity has been the target of much criticism, but most analyses fail to take into account the greater historical context and inherent differences in national capabilities.

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Interview with Serafettin Yilmaz: Critical International Relations Theory and the South China Sea

Perspectives 2 • 2015 • By Olga Daksueva and Serafettin Yilmaz

The South China Sea Think Tank interviews Dr. Serafettin Yilmaz about critical IR theory and its relevance to the South China Sea disputes.

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Interview with James Borton: “Science Diplomacy” as a Solution to the South China Sea Disputes?

Perspectives 1 • 2015 • By Jonathan Spangler and James Borton

The South China Sea Think Tank interviews James Borton about “science diplomacy,” prospects for international cooperation on environmental issues, and Taiwan’s role in the South China Sea.

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Claimant and Non-Claimant Views on SLOCs and Freedom of Navigation

Issue Briefings 7 • 2015 • By Jonathan Spangler

Freedom of navigation concerns both South China Sea claimants and non-claimant stakeholders, yet the latter in particular have taken it up as their primary justification for involvement in the disputes.

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Taiwan’s Energy Dependence and the Securitization of SLOCs

Issue Briefings 6 • 2015 • By Serafettin Yilmaz

Almost entirely dependent on imported energy resources, the securitization of sea lines of communication in the South China Sea is a critical aspect of Taiwan’s energy security.

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