Stein Tønnesson is research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). During 2011-17 he served as leader of the East Asian Peace program at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. His most recent monograph is Explaining the East Asian Peace (NIAS Press 2017). His publications on the South China Sea include: ‘The Tonkin Gulf Model of Conflict Resolution’ in C.J. Jenner and Tran Trong Thuy, eds. The South China Sea. Towards Sovereignty Based Conflict or Regional Cooperation? (Cambridge University Press, 2016: 151-170); ‘The South China Sea: Law Trumps Power,’ Asian Survey 55(3), 2015: 455–477, and (with Song Yann-huei), ‘The Impact of the Law of the Sea Convention on Conflict and Conflict Management in the South China Sea,’ Ocean Development & International Law, 44:3 (2013), 235-269.
This article comments favorably on the CSIS expert working group’s blueprint for establishing regional co-operative arrangements in the South China Sea. Yet this article proposes an alternative—or supplementary—approach.