Image from Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Divergent Options is calling for papers related to national security situations in the South China Sea.
Prospective authors can address any national security situation related to the South China Sea large or small.
Please write using our article template.
Please send your article to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 10, 2017.
If you are not interested in writing on this topic we still welcome individual articles on virtually any national security situation an author is passionate about. Please do not let our call for papers cause you to hesitate to send us your idea. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Lowy Institute states that “The South China Sea is a critical commercial gateway for a significant portion of the world’s merchant shipping, and hence is an important economic and strategic sub-region of the Indo-Pacific. It is also the site of several complex territorial disputes that have been the cause of conflict and tension within the region and throughout the Indo-Pacific.”
Countries bordering the South China Sea include Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Other countries such as the United States and Russia also have interests in the South China Sea. Business Insider has a great article that may inspire potential authors titled “Tensions in the South China Sea explained in 18 maps” which can be accessed here or downloaded in a PDF here.
Update as of January 8, 2017:
Select articles from the “Options in the South China Sea” call for papers will be republished by the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). We are pleased that CIMSEC sought to have a relationship with Divergent Options and we are excited to give our writers the opportunity to reach the CIMSEC audience!
A Few Questions to Inspire Authors:
What options does any country bordering the South China Sea have to address a national security situation related to another country bordering the South China Sea?
What military or non-military capabilities need to be developed by any country bordering the South China Sea to address a national security situation related to another country bordering the South China Sea?
What options does the Philippines have to balance its relationship with China as a dominant economic power with its relationship with the United States as a dominant security partner?
What options are available to address friction caused by China’s Maritime Militia?
What options are available to maintain regional fishing rights in the South China Sea?
What non-military options does the United States have that can be used to overcome Anti-Access / Area Denial threats within the South China Sea?
What options does China have to further establish their Nine-Dash Line territorial claim?
What options does U.S. President Elect Donald Trump have to pursue U.S. interests in the South China Sea?
What options does China have to pursue its interests when Donald Trump becomes the U.S. President?
What options does Iran have in pursuing its interests in within the South China Sea?
 South China Sea. (n.d.). Retrieved December 23, 2016, from https://www.lowyinstitute.org/issues/south-china-sea
 Cox, T. (2016, June 7). Trump – China’s preferred President? Retrieved December 27, 2016, from http://www.china-cooperative.com/single-post/2016/06/08/Trump-Chinas-preferred-President
 Butch, T. (2016, September 20). China and Iran expand all-around relations. Retrieved December 27, 2016, from http://www.china-cooperative.com/single-post/2016/09/20/China-and-Iran-Expand-All-Around-Relations