Ian Storey: The South China Sea Dispute: The Key Issues


March 27, 2019, 13:00-14:30


Trainee center 3.40, Vodární 6


This presentation aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the South China Sea issue, one of the Asia-Pacific’s most complex and intractable territorial and maritime jurisdictional disputes. It will examine the dispute from a number of aspects, including the legal, resources, political and strategic dimensions. The speaker will explore the development of the dispute, why the issue is important, on-going tensions, the ASEAN-China conflict management process, the role of external parties and other stakeholders, whether the dispute can be resolved and outstanding risks.


Dr. Ian Storey is a Senior Fellow at the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute (formerly the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) in Singapore. He specializes in Asian security issues, with a focus on Southeast Asia. Ian is the editor of ISEAS’ flagship academic journal Contemporary Southeast Asia. His research interests include Southeast Asia’s relations with the major powers and maritime security, especially the South China Sea dispute on which he is a leading authority. His latest book is The South China Sea: Navigating Strategic and Diplomatic Tensions (co-edited, ISEAS, 2016). Ian is the author of Southeast Asia and the Rise of China: The Search for Security (Routledge, 2011) and has published articles in Asia PolicyAsian AffairsAsian Security, China Brief, Contemporary Southeast AsiaHarvard Asia QuarterlyNaval War College ReviewParametersPolitical Science, Terrorism Monitor and Jane’s Intelligence Review. His opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Straits Times and The South China Morning Post. Prior to joining ISEAS he held academic positions at the U.S. Defense Department’s Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii, and at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He received his doctorate from the City University of Hong Kong, his Master’s degree from the International University of Japan and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hull, England.