Photo: USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea July 5, 2016. US Navy, CC BY 2.0 

The South China Sea case (Philippines v. China) has serious ramifications for both the international legal order and the political order in Southeast Asia. The judgment, issued July 12, 2016 by a unanimous five-person Permanent Court of Arbitration tribunal, found that China had violated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), including that it had violated the Philippines’ rights to fish and...

When societies urbanize and industrialize rapidly, it is common for feelings of nationalism to surge among the citizenry in general, and among college students and military officers in particular.  We humans have a strong need to identify ourselves with a larger group (perhaps because our ancient ancestors hunted in packs, like wolves, not alone, like tigers, so individual survival required being a member of a pack, and success for the pack required the strong identification of each member with...

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