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Social Media

The Philippines Deserves More From Facebook

Editor’s note: This article grew out of work done in our Georgetown University class on national security and social media. The class tackled an array of questions related to how hate groups exploit social media, exploring issues ranging from privacy and human rights concerns to technological and legal barriers. Working in teams, students conducted independent research that addressed a difficult issue in this problem space. —Dan Byman & Chris Meserole

Water Wars

Water Wars: A Sinking Feeling in Philippine-China Relations

Philippine and Chinese officials will launch a joint investigation into the at-sea collision that left 22 Filipino fishermen stranded in the South China Sea. On June 9—the official Philippines-China Friendship Day—a Chinese vessel rammed and sank a Philippine fishing vessel near Reed Bank (known in Tagalog as Recto Bank), northeast of the Spratly Islands, and reportedly fled after the collision. A Vietnamese fishing vessel later rescued the Filipino crew members who had been left in the water.

South China Sea

Short, Quick Take on the Philippines’ Sweeping Victory in the South China Sea Arbitration

I am still digesting the award issued very early this morning by the UNCLOS arbitral tribunal on the Philippines claims against China in the South China Sea. Lawfare plans to post more comprehensive discussions of the award later today, including by me, but for now, let me quickly offer some short (quotable) takes.

South China Sea

The Philippines Should Dare China to Challenge the Arbitral Award in the ICJ

As the release of the South China Sea arbitration tribunal’s award on July 12 nears, China has apparently gone into “propaganda overdrive” to defend its position that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction. By now, most anyone who accesses the internet or reads a daily newspaper has run across China’s insistence that the Philippines dispute involves maritime delimitation and sovereignty issues beyond the arbitral tribunal’s power.

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