Odom article on China’s ‘Riskfare’ published by Proceedings

By |2019-03-05T14:34:11-10:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: External Publications, Odom|Tags: , , |

DKI APCSS professor Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom has an article featured in the March issue of Proceedings magazine, highlighting the growing tactical risk arising in the geopolitical competition between the United States and China.  The article, entitled “China’s ‘Riskfare’,” calls for the United States to spotlight China’s risky operational behavior in and over the waters of the Asia-Pacific region and take deliberate actions to counter these dangerous tactics. Odom points out that “Risk is not always synonymous with threat.”  However, China’s behavior, particularly in and overthe South China Sea and East China Sea, produces risk and elevates it to a weapon, [...]

DKI APCSS Professor Recommends how to Discuss Maritime Freedom Effectively

By |2018-10-19T16:24:39-10:00December 21st, 2017|Categories: College, External Publications, Faculty, Faculty Articles, Independent Faculty Articles, Odom|

In contemporary international discourse about maritime freedom (e.g., “freedom of navigation”), representatives of nations often speak in generalities, but rarely clarify what they mean. The result is a risk of maritime freedom becoming a relatively meaningless concept and nations misunderstanding one another when discussing this concept in international relations. What can be done to reduce this risk? Professor Jonathan G. Odom, a military professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, has a published a new article in the Ocean Development and International Law Journal, entitled “Navigating Between Treaties and Tweets: How to Ensure Discourse about Maritime Freedom [...]

Managing South China Sea Disputes Through Ways That Are Both Practical and Rules-Based

By |2017-06-27T10:26:12-10:00June 27th, 2017|Categories: College, External Publications, Faculty, Odom|

Commander Jonathan G. Odom, a military professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, has a new OpEd published by The Diplomat, entitled “Merely Avoiding Conflict in the South China Sea Is Not Good Enough.” In this editorial, Commander Odom considers a number of ideas about the South China Sea disputes, and the importance of managing and resolving those disputes through an approach that is both practical and rules-based.  First, maintaining regional peace and stability in the region includes not only reducing the risk of conventional armed conflict between the nations involved, but also reducing the risks of [...]

Ensuring Freedom of the Seas for the next U.S. Administration – Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom

By |2017-03-09T13:23:25-10:00January 17th, 2017|Categories: College, Faculty, Odom, Opinions/Editorials|

Commander Jonathan G. Odom, a military professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, has a new OpEd published by The National Interest entitled “How Trump Can Make America Navigate Again: How can the next administration ensure freedom of the seas?” In this editorial, Odom provides six concrete steps the new U.S. presidential administration should consider undertaking for a solid strategic plan to ensure access to the world’s oceans remains free and open.  The first priority is to “declare early and clearly that protecting America’s maritime freedom around the world is a priority national interest.” Odom’s other recommended steps [...]

Commentary: South China Sea and Freedom of Navigation – Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom

By |2017-03-09T11:25:25-10:00March 10th, 2016|Categories: College, External Publications, Faculty, Faculty Articles, Odom, Opinions/Editorials|

In his latest commentary for The Diplomat, Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom looks at the freedom of navigation “myth.” Entitled “South China Sea and Freedom of Navigation: Taking a closer look at the freedom of navigation ‘myth’,” Odom uses TV’s “Mythbusters” methodology to identify universal standards and correct four fallacies about the South China Sea and Freedom of Navigation which have recently been promoted in the media. His article breaks down four fallacies about the FON myth including: • Fallacy A: Freedom of navigation is only one particular right, not a set of them. • Fallacy B: FON is something that only [...]

OpEd: FONOPs to Preserve the Right of Innocent Passage? – Cmdr. Jonathan Odom

By |2017-03-09T13:25:09-10:00February 25th, 2016|Categories: College, Faculty, Odom, Opinions/Editorials|Tags: |

U. S. Navy Cmdr. Jonathan Odom has a new OpEd in The Diplomat entitled: "FONOPs to Preserve the Right of Innocent Passage?   Despite popular misconception, that is hardly 'Mission Impossible.'" In the OpEd, Odom looks at the U.S. Freedom of Navigation (FON) program and reviews other recent commentaries on the subject especially in relation to "innocent passage." According to Odom, it is not an "operational impossibility" (as was asserted by another recent commentator) for a U.S. warship to conduct a FONOP challenging an excessive maritime claim, and to exercise the right of innocent passage simultaneously. To the contrary, if depicted as [...]

New South China Sea Lighthouses: Legal Futility and Strategic Risk – Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom

By |2017-03-09T12:54:26-10:00November 30th, 2015|Categories: College, External Publications, Faculty, KNankivell, Odom, Research|

“New South China Sea Lighthouses: Legal Futility and Strategic Risk” is a new article written by Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom and Prof. Kerry Lynn Nankivell for The Diplomat. The article focuses on International law and how it can be viewed as "either a tool or a weapon, depending on how it's wielded."   The authors provide a rebuttal to an argument, previously published by The Diplomat, on the legal significance of China's new lighthouses constructed in the Spratley islands. According to the authors, "misinterpretation or partial understanding of the applicable international law can obfuscate the intentions of the rival claimants and further [...]

DKI APCSS professor paper on airspace defense published by international law review

By |2015-10-19T17:10:37-10:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: College, Faculty, Faculty Articles, Independent Faculty Articles, Odom|

Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom was recently published in the October issue of Revue Belge De Droit International (Belgian Review of International Law), volume 2014/1 is now online.   His article on “A `Rules-Based Approach' to Airspace Defense: A U.S. Perspective on the International Law of the Sea and Airspace, Air Defense Measures, and the Freedom of Navigation" is based on a presentation he made at a conference last year at the University of Ghent. Abstract: In light of recent international developments, such as the People's Republic of China's declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea and [...]

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