Last week the East-West Center published research that Patrick McNulty and I conducted for the National Defense University between 2012 and 2014. The article entitled “Claimant Tactics in the South China Sea: By the Numbers” was an effort to collect empirical data which characterized claimant actions in defense of, or to advance territorial claims. You can see the article here at this link. To summarize, we conducted internet searches of claimant activity between 1995 and 2013. We placed the different actions that these countries undertook into nine categories (Military, Paramilitary, Economic, Legal, Informational, Administrative and Diplomatic, (Diplomatic actions got divided into three sub-categories, Negotiation actions, Coalition Diplomacy, and Dispute Management)). For a full description of these categories and the analysis of these actions please see the above link and previously published work linked here.
For this blog I want to bring the reader’s attention to something that I found equally interesting: foreign audience reactions to this research. [Read more…]