Lynn Kuok

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Dr. Lynn Kuok is an associate fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)-Asia and a senior research fellow at the University of Cambridge. She has held fellowships at the Brookings Institution, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the Center for International Law, National University of Singapore. She is also a council member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Security. She served as editor-in-chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs and the Singapore Law Review.

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South China Sea

Countering China’s Actions in the South China Sea

For many who follow developments in the South China Sea, the July 2016 tribunal ruling in the Philippines’ case against China has become the equivalent of the birth of Jesus in the Gregorian calendar: Developments are considered B.A. and A.A.—Before Award and After Award.

In the first year after the award, compliance was fair: Beijing largely kept its actions, if not its words, within the letter of the ruling.