Power Struggles in the South China Sea

Katharina Emschermann talks to Sara Mitchell about maritime disputes.

In the sixth episode of the “Berlin Security Beat”, Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre speaks with Sara Mitchell, Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, and an expert on international conflict, especially territorial, river and maritime issues. They discuss the ins and outs of the disputes in the South China Sea, how climate change increases the risk of maritime conflict, why some of those conflicts turn violent while others are resolved peacefully, whether the United States needs a larger fleet, and, finally, what maritime conflicts to worry about.

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Caverly, Jonathan/ Mitchell, Sara M. (2021): A Liberal Case for Seapower?, 02/25/2021,  https://warontherocks.com/2021/02/a-liberal-case-for-seapower/

Cfr (2020): China’s Maritime Disputes: 1895-2020, https://www.cfr.org/timeline/chinas-maritime-disputes

Cunningham, Fiona S. (2020): The Maritime Rung on the Escalation Ladder: Naval Blockades in a U.S.-China Conflict, Security Studies, 29 (4), https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09636412.2020.1811462?journalCode=fsst20

Grossman, Derek/ Ma, Logan (2020): A Short History of China's Fishing Militia and What It May Tell Us, 04/06/2020, https://www.rand.org/blog/2020/04/a-short-history-of-chinas-fishing-militia-and-what.html#4

Hayton, Bill (2018): Two Years On, South China Sea Ruling Remains a Battleground for the Rules-Based Order, https://www.chathamhouse.org/2018/07/two-years-south-china-sea-ruling-remains-battleground-rules-based-order

Hensel, Paul R./ Mitchell, Sara M. (2019): The Issue Correlates of War (ICOW) Project, http://www.paulhensel.org/icow.html 

Mitchell, Sara M. (2021): The Path from Iowa Farm Girl to Iowa Professor, H-Diplo Essay 325, Essay Series: Learning the Scholar’s Craft: Reflections of Historians and International Relations Scholars, https://networks.h-net.org/node/28443/discussions/7414373/h-diplo-essay-325-sara-mclaughlin-mitchell-learning-scholars

Mitchell, Sara M. (2020): Clashes at Sea: Explaining the Onset, Militarization, and Resolution of Diplomatic Maritime Claims, Security Studies, 29(4), 637-670, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09636412.2020.1811458?journalCode=fsst20

Schmidt, Cody J., Lee, Bomi K. and Mitchell, Sara M. (2021): Climate Bones of Contention: How Climate Variability Influences Territorial, Maritime, and River Interstate Conflicts, Journal of Peace Research, 58(1), 132–150, https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/DU4JWEKYKQFC9BPVJBM5/full

Wirth, Christian/ Schatz, Valentin (2020): South China Sea "Lawfare": Fighting over the Freedom of Navigation, (GIGA Focus Asien, 5), Hamburg: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies - Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien, Institut für Asien-Studien, https://www.giga-hamburg.de/en/publications/20691035-south-china-lawfare-fighting-over-freedom-navigation/

Zhang, Ketian (2019): Cautious Bully: Reputation, Resolve, and Beijing's Use of Coercion in the South China Sea, International Security, 44(1), 117–159, https://direct.mit.edu/isec/article/44/1/117/12241/Cautious-Bully-Reputation-Resolve-and-Beijing-s


Sara Mitchell’s Choice for Best Article/Book

Daxecker, Ursula/ Prins, Brandon (2021): Pirate Lands: Governance and Maritime Piracy, Oxford, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/pirate-lands-9780190097394?cc=us&lang=en&

Thomas, Jakana L. (2021). Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: Assessing the Effect of Gender Norms on the Lethality of Female Suicide Terrorism. International Organization, 1-34, https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-organization/article/abs/wolves-in-sheeps-clothing-assessing-the-effect-of-gender-norms-on-the-lethality-of-female-suicide-terrorism/D9BFE04ECEDC0DC9E96818C0FBA6DE8B

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