A few things of note on the academic front:
- Had a chance to sit in on a couple very interesting guest lectures recently. The first was by Andrew N. D. Yang, Taiwan’s Deputy Minister of Defense. Dr. Yang was (and still is) a professor here at National Sun Yat-sen University, although it is tough with his day job as the MoD’s #2 to make it down to Kaohsiung regularly. He came to lecture as a part of the “Studies in Chinese Foreign Policy” course I am enrolled in this semester.
- Dr. Lin Cheng-yi, a researcher at Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, was also recently here at NSYSU to talk about security issues related to the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea. This was as a part of my “National Security and Crisis Management” course. He shared a lot of good websites for research related to these security issues, some of which I was already familiar with, but also some others that I had not seen yet. I am going to update the blogroll with a few of his suggestions.
Beyond that, the time has come to engage the ‘ol grey matter on selecting a topic for my master’s thesis. I’ve put a lot of thought into it, and I think I am going to go with examining the effect of the PRC’s growing anti-access / area denial (sometimes abbreviated A2/AD) capabilities on regional security in East Asia, specifically looking at the so-called anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM). I also considered looking at China’s growing “cyber” capabilities as another potential asymmetric warfighting capability, but in the end, I don’t believe there is sufficient material available in the public domain to properly research it. My other interest, anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, is really a small player in the asymmetric stable of weapons. Therefore, I think I will study the ASBM. Thoughts?
- Taiwan’s Weapons, America’s Defense | The National Interest Blog (nationalinterest.org)
- New anti-ship ballistic missiles deployed from Guangdong – Wendell Minnick (chinaherald.net)
- Taiwan deflects China’s offer to hold military talks (cnn.com)