Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea

Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation

Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea
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  • Edited by Shicun Wu, National Institute for the South China Sea Studies, China and Keyuan Zou, Lancashire Law School of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), UK
  • Series: Contemporary Issues in the South China Sea
  • While there is abundant literature discussing non-traditional security issues, there is little mention of such issues existing in the South China Sea. This area is vulnerable to natural hazards and marine environmental degradation. The marine ecosystem is threatened by various adverse sources including land-based pollution, busy shipping lanes, and over-exploitation activities which threaten the security of the surrounding population. This area is also threatened by piracy and maritime crimes but law enforcement becomes difficult due to unclear maritime boundaries. This volume is designed to explore the security cooperation and regional approaches to these non-traditional security issues in the hope to build a peaceful environment and maintain international and regional security and order in the South China Sea region.
  • Contents: Part I Introduction: Non-traditional security issues in the South China Sea: seeking more effective means for cooperation, Shicun Wu and Keyuan Zou. Part II Security Cooperation in the South China Sea: Regional cooperation and joint development in the South China Sea: speech that acts and action that speaks, Timo Kivimäki; A note on the 2009 legal and political developments concerning the continental shelf in the South China Sea, Ted L. McDorman; The dispute management approach of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): what relevance for the South China Sea situation?, Ramses Amer. Part III Regional Approaches to the Non-Traditional Security Issues: Malaysia’s approach to cooperation in the South China Sea, Johan Saravanamuttu; The South China Sea: possible pathways to cooperation, Mingjiang Li; Arctic vs. South China Sea: how coastal states and user states view the navigation regime and security?, Nong Hong. Part IV Combating Piracy and Maritime Crimes: Piracy and armed robbery against ships in the South China Sea - possible causes and solutions, Sam Bateman and Jane Chan; Enhancing regional cooperation on piracy and maritime crimes, Robert Beckman and Tara Davenport; China’s anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden: implications for anti-piracy in the South China Sea, Andrew Erickson and Austin M. Strange. Part V Environmental Security and Sustainable Management of Marine Resources: Realizing sustainability in the South China Sea, Keyuan Zou; Bridge over troubled waters: energy cooperation in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, Thomas Grieder; The portents of changing climate: maritime security implications for the South China Sea, Robin Warner; Environmental impact assessment in the law of the sea: safeguarding environmental sustainability of the South China Sea, Lingjie Kong; Bibliography; Index.
  • About the Editor: Shicun Wu, PhD, is currently President of National Institute for South China Sea Studies. Visiting scholar to the School of Advanced International Studies(SAIS) of John Hopkins University in 1998, to the Seminar on the Dynamics of US Foreign Policy-Regional Security sponsored by U.S. Government in 1999, and senior research fellow with Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in 2001, and the Harvard Kennedy School in 2008. His research focuses on history and geography on the South China Sea, ocean delimitation, international relations and regional security strategy. His main publication includes Maritime Security in the South China Sea: Regional Implications and International Cooperation (2009),Origin and Development of Spratly Disputes (2010), Collection of Literatures on the South China Sea Issues, A Bibliography of Research on the South China Sea, The Issue of the South China Sea Islands in the Time of the Republic of China (1911-1949), Contest on the South China Sea and Zheng He’s Voyages to the Indian Ocean, Historical background on the 1943 Sino-British New Treaty, On Relativity of Cognition of the History, The Foundation of Sino-ASEAN Free Trade Zone and Cross-Strait Commercial Relations, Imperative Task-the Exploitation of South China Sea Resources, etc.

    Keyuan Zou is Harris Professor of International Law at the Lancashire Law School of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), United Kingdom. He specializes in international law, in particular law of the sea and international environmental law. Before joining UCLan, he worked in Dalhousie University (Canada), Peking University (China), University of Hannover (Germany) and National University of Singapore. He is Academic Advisor to the China National Institute for South China Sea Studies and the Centre for Ocean Law and Policy of the Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. He is member of the ESRC Peer Review College and the Commission on Environmental Law of IUCN. He has published over 60 refereed English papers in nearly 30 international journals and 8 single-authored and co-edited books. He is member of Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law (Martinus Nijhoff), Ocean Development and International Law (Taylor & Francis), Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy (Taylor & Francis), and Chinese Journal of International Law (Oxford University Press), and Advisory Boards of the Chinese Oceans Law Review (Hong Kong: China Review Culture Limited), Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law (Brill) and Global Journal of Comparative Law (Brill).
  • Reviews: ‘Not about conflict but cooperation! This book could transform our thinking about the South China Sea.’
    Stein Tønnesson, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway and Uppsala University, Sweden

    ‘Non-Traditional Security Issues in the South China Sea represents a timely and much-needed compendium of scholarly perspectives on critically important yet oft-neglected, if unconventional, security issues in the context of arguably the Asia-Pacific’s most troublesome and sensitive maritime flashpoints. While the issues covered are diverse - encompassing security cooperation, combating piracy, environmental security, energy issues and the impacts of climate change - the quality of the contributions included is consistently excellent and together provide vital insights and avenues for cooperation in this sensitive potential arena for conflict. An essential read for anyone interested in the South China Sea and Asia-Pacific security issues more widely conceived.’
    Clive Schofield, University of Wollongong, Australia