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Security Commentaries #015
June 1st, 2021


Asia Pacific

Taiwan and Global Health: Challenges to International MembershipPresident Tsai-Ing Wen expresses gratitude for Taiwan supporters despite another failed attempt to be included in WHA meeting.

Shutting The Stable Door After The Horse Has Bolted—The Covid Crisis in India: Just months ago, India avowed an endgame to the pandemic, COVID-19 infections were dropping. The health minister heaped praise on the Prime Minister as well as the export of vaccines to developing nations.


Around the World

Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting: The Council approves ten years strategic plan and the welcomes the incoming Russian chairmanship from Iceland.

Last Month, Chief U.S. Gasoline Pipeline Struck Down by “Darkside”: Ransomware strike shut down major U.S. pipeline- Colonial Pipeline, which delivers 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast.
Taiwan and Global Health: Challenges to International Membership
- Angelo Brian T. Castro, Taiwan Center for Security Studies
Despite being declared the country with the best healthcare system globally, Taiwan has been excluded from international meetings by the World Health Assembly (WHA). Unfortunately, the democratic island’s 23 million residents has been no stranger to being isolated in international meetings or concerns... Read More. 
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Shutting The Stable Door After The Horse Has Bolted: The Covid Crisis in India 
- Aswini Kumar, Taiwan Center for Security Studies

From statistics and observations in the past months, the transmission has increased profusely, the new strain has so many variations in itself, so that is one of the contributory factors. This particularly affects the younger generation who mobilizes more as compared to the older dividend which the previous strain affected more frequently. Also, the new strain as of now is not fully detected on RT-PCR test also the s-mutation of it. This mutation in the genetic realms of this virus does play a role in the rather, escalated rampant contagion in the current second wave scenario... Read More. 
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Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting 
- Evgenii Iastrubinksii,  Taiwan Center for Security Studies
A ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council took place last week on May 20, in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ministers and Representatives of eight Arctic States and six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations discussed issues relating to international cooperation on sustainable development of the Arctic and the protection of its ecosystem. Near-Arctic States such as China, Japan and others attended the meeting as observers. Upon conclusion, the Council approved its first-ever Strategic Plan, which will lay out a framework for the Council's agenda in coming next decade... Read More
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Chief U.S. Gasoline Pipeline Struck Down by “Darkside”
- Aswini Kumar and Thuong Nguyen, Taiwan Center for Security Studies
Earlier last month, the Colonial Pipeline Company in Linden, New Jersey, which provides the primary source of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel for half of the U.S. eastern coast, became the victim of a ransomware cyberattack by a group identified as DarkSide located in Eastern Europe, possibly Russia. Being affected some of its information technology systems, the company “proactively” took certain systems offline, caused to shut down all pipeline operations... Read More
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Editor’s Picks — Hot Off the Press


After two weeks of soft lockdown measures, Taiwan's coronavirus outbreak numbers are easing, though still no sign of normalcy on the horizon... Read more

Dutch court ruling requiring Royal Dutch Shell to drastically reduce emissions, whereas Russian and OPEC oil exporters sees an unexpected opportunity... Read more


The much anticipated Shangri-La Dialogue originally slated for this weekend has been cancelled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Singapore… Read more

Aung San Suu Kyi appeared for the first time since the coup in Myanmar began earlier this year… Read more

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