The AMTI Podcast covers developments in the Asia-Pacific maritime domain, from land reclamation, to fisheries disputes.
CSIS experts Zack Cooper and Bonnie Glaser join AMTI Director Gregory Poling to discuss the South China Sea at the start of 2018, including whether the Trump administration has an effective strategy on the issue, what China hopes to achieve in the disputed waters, and recommendations for the year ahead.
Jan 09 2018
Sep 06 2017
AMTI director Gregory Poling speaks with Bill Hayton, Chatham House associate fellow, about the withdrawal of the Repsol gas-drilling expedition from Vietnam’s block 136-03, Beijing’s strong-arm tactics against Hanoi, and implications for the long-simmering Sino-Vietnamese conflict over energy deposits in the South China Sea.
Jul 25 2017
Reports of Chinese oceanographic research vessels operating off the western coast of the Philippines in late 2016 have stirred up controversy in Manila this month. AMTI director Greg Poling speaks with Peter Dutton, director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College, and Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines’ Institute for Maritime Affairs and the Law of the Sea, to assess what the Chinese vessels were doing, whether it was legal, the public response, and what the controversy says about future cooperation between China and the Philippines.
Mar 29 2017
Following his public discussion about the very modern origin of China’s claims in the South China Sea, Bill Hayton sits down with AMTI Director Greg Poling for a deeper dive on how the topic continues to complicate the dispute. He summarizes how China’s claims emerged in the early 20th century, outlines their subsequent expansion, and discusses why historical revisionism by China and other claimants gets in the way of managing the disputes. Hayton is an associate fellow with Chatham House and author of The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia.
Sep 23 2016
In this joint CogitAsia and AMTI episode we tackle the topic of overfishing in the South China Sea. Ahead of the 2016 Our Ocean summit in Washington, Rachael Bale, a reporter with National Geographic’s Special Investigations Unit covering wildlife crime, joins to share her insights into the collapsing fishstocks in the South China Sea. Rachael describes the impact of overfishing and IUU on regional economies (2:15), details the day to day experience for fishers in Southeast Asia during this period of geopolitical competition (5:27), and discusses the attention sustainable fisheries and illegal fishing receive from the conservation community (11:08).
Audio edited by Frances Burkham. Written, produced, and hosted by Jeffrey Bean.
Sep 14 2016
In the final segment of their three-part discussion, AMTI director Greg Poling and Paul Reichler, partner at Foley Hoag and lead counsel for the Philippines’ in its recently-concluded arbitration case against China, discuss how international pressure might bring China into compliance with the ruling, using the United States’ defiance of the International Court of Justice 30 years ago as an example.
Jul 18 2016
In the second segment of their three-part discussion, AMTI director Greg Poling and Paul Reichler, partner at Foley Hoag and lead counsel for the Philippines’ in its recently-concluded arbitration case against China, discuss how the tribunal’s ruling will set precedent for other countries, as well as the judges’ findings on Mischief Reef, Scarborough Shoal, and China’s environmental destruction.
Jul 18 2016
In the first segment of their three-part discussion, AMTI director Greg Poling and Paul Reichler, partner at Foley Hoag and lead counsel for the Philippines’ in its recently-concluded arbitration case against China, discuss the tribunal’s judgment on the nine-dash line, historic rights, and what makes an island.
Jul 18 2016
Jul 15 2016
AMTI Director Greg Poling sits down with Ben Bland, Nigel Li, and Dustin Wang to discuss recent trips by journalists to Itu Aba (Taiping Island), Taiwan’s only occupied feature in the Spratlys, and the amicus curiae brief about Itu Aba that a group of Taiwanese legal scholars recently filed with the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Ben Bland is the South China correspondent for the Financial Times and visited Itu Aba in March. Nigel Li is president of the Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law and Dustin Wang is a professor at National Taiwan Normal University. Both were authors of the amicus curiae brief.
Apr 05 2016
AMTI Director Gregory Poling visits the CogitAsia podcast to discuss developments in the South China Sea.
Dec 15 2015
AMTI director Gregory Poling sits down with Colm Quinn to discuss the the U.S. Navy’s recent freedom of navigation operation, U.S. policy in the South China Sea, the ongoing Philippine-China arbitration case, and what a long-term solution to the dispute might look like. This interview was originally recorded for the October 31 CSIS Podcast.
Nov 04 2015
Bonnie Glaser, director of the CSIS China Power Project, sits down with CogitAsia editor Jeffrey Bean to discuss the U.S. Navy’s recent freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea and assess China’s reaction. This interview was originally recorded for the CogitAsia Podcast.
Nov 02 2015
President Xi Jinping arrived in Seattle today for the first leg of a week-long trip to the United States. The Chinese president will visit Washington, DC, on September 24-25 for meetings with President Barack Obama, congressional leaders, and others before proceeding to New York, where he will address the United Nations on September 28. On last week’s CogitAsia Podcast, CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies Christopher Johnson looked ahead to President Xi’s visit and the state of U.S.-China relations, including how thorny issues like the South China Sea disputes and cybersecurity will be tackled. This podcast was originally recorded for the CogitAsia Podcast.
Sep 22 2015