James W. Borton

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

James Borton is a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and the author of a new book, Dispatches from the South China Sea: Navigating to Common Ground available soon.

Divers swim above a bed of dead corals off Malaysia's Tioman island in the South China Sea, 4 May 2008. (David Loh/File Photo/Reuters)

Marine science collaborations can help defuse tensions in the South China Sea

With environmental security shaping a new South China Sea conversation about ecological challenges, science cooperation represents a litmus test to link the impact of environmental change to both national and international security, and can offer a means to defuse tensions, says James Borton. His new book, Dispatches from the South China Sea: Navigating to Common Ground, will be released soon.