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Inside JGU 2020 - Issue 6 (June)

Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen authors new book ‘The Politics of South China Sea Disputes’

A new book titled ‘The Politics of South China Sea Disputes’, authored by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen, Associate Professor, Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Jindal School of International Affairs has been published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis) was launched on 30 June 2020. Mr. Antonio T. Carpio, Former Justice Supreme Court of the Philippines was the chief guest. The virtual book launch programme was followed by a panel discussion on ‘The Politics of South China Sea Disputes’, moderated by Professor (Dr.) Sreeram Chaulia, Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs.

The panellists were: Dr. Srikanth Kondapalli, Professor, Department of Chinese Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU); Dr. Juwana Hikmahanto, Professor of International Law, University of Indonesia; Mr. Abhijit Singh, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation(ORF), New Delhi; Dr. Hui-Yi Katherine Tseng, Research Associate, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS).

About the book:

This book is a comprehensive political study of the South China Sea (SCS) disputes. With over US $5 trillion worth of trade passing through it every year and a history of military flashpoints, the SCS is invariably a hotbed of great power rivalry.  This book:  Traces the history of the disputes from the 19th century until recent developments; Examines recent arbitrations including the ruling on the case filed by the Philippines at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at the Hague, the Netherlands; Studies these disputes in a theoretical framework, utilising international relations theories, particularly realism, liberalism and constructivism; Explores how the ASEAN states approach the SCS disputes, and analyses dispute settlement under international law. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews with experts and those directly involved with the disputes, this book is indispensable for students and researchers of maritime studies, security studies, politics and international relations, geopolitics and Asian studies.