The South China Sea remains one of the tensest hotspots in the Asia-Pacific region, with growing potential to erupt into a conflict with global implications. The severity of the issue has alerted many observers to the possibilities of unplanned encounters, a military conflict, or even a major war that would involve more actors. While such scenarios are not inconceivable, this seminar argues that the South China Sea has evolved in the absence of war and how peace remains unstable, based not on justice and recognition, but on the acceptance of violations.
About the Speaker
Dr Huong Le Thu is a senior analyst at ASPI, Defence and Strategy Program.
Prior to joining ASPI she worked at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (ANU), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), and Institute of International Relations (Taiwan). Her research interests include multilateral security in Asia, foreign policy in post-socialist countries, as well as identity politics.
She has held short-term research fellowships in Seoul (private think-tank), Kuala Lumpur (University of Malaya) and Jakarta (the ASEAN Secretariat). She is an alumna of the DKI Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, and a recipient of the U.S. State Department Fellowship for East Asian Security and IISS ShangriLa Dialogue Southeast Asian Fellow.
Dr Le Thu’s academic publications have appeared in The Pacific Review, Asia-Europe Journal, Oxford University Press among others; her policy analyses have featured: The International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, The Brookings Institution, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, East West Center, Royal United Services Institute, Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, Sydney Morning Herald etc.