1st Edition

Asia-Pacific Defense and Security Outlook Arming the Region in the Era of Big Power Competition

Edited By Kogila Balakrishnan, Zsolt Lazar Copyright 2023

    The book focuses on the main security threats, defence industry, arms trade, defence policies and military capabilities related issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

    There are only a very few regions in the world which have advanced so fast both economically and technologically as the Asia-Pacific in the past few decades. Probably this is one of the reasons why several countries in the region have gained confidence, sharpened their diplomatic tone, increased their defence expenditure, invested into military capabilities, and questioned both the local and global status-quo. The region contains emerging powers, far-reaching ambitions, threatening rhetoric, rising political tensions, and concerns about military conflicts. Factors that show that critical issues are at stake, the reopening of long-forgotten debates, are more relevant than ever and masses of uncertainties are yet to be resolved.

    This book will be of much interest to all students and scholars of Asia-Pacific Security, Asian politics and International Relations in general. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Defense & Security Analysis.

    Introduction: Asia-Pacific defense and security outlook

    Zsolt Lazar and Kogila Balakrishnan

    1. The security environment in the Asia-Pacific: the context for arming

    Richard A. Bitzinger

    2. The Politicisation of Archaeology in Border Demarcation Conflict in the Asia Pacific Region

    Luke Hally

    3. The Philippine defence-development-disaster security paradigm

    Ava Avila and Ron Matthews

    4. Dual-neutrality for the Koreas: a two-pronged approach toward reunification

    Pascal Lottaz and Heinz Gärtner

    5. Evaluating civil-military relationship for effective procurement decision-making: the case of two fighter jet procurements of the Republic of Korea

    Haneol Lee

    6. The challenges in buyer-supplier relationship for technological absorption capability in international defence acquisition: the case of Southeast Asia

    Kogila Balakrishnan and Zsolt Lazar

    7. Made in India: an aspiring brand in global arms bazaar

    Laxman Kumar Behera

    8. Imagining maritime conflict in the Indo-Pacific: can analogies substitute for strategy?

    James J. Wirtz


    Kogila Balakrishnan is Director for Client and Business Development (East Asia) at WMG, University of Warwick; Adjunct Professor at the Malaysian National Defence University; Former Under Secretary of the Department for Defence Industry, Ministry of Defence, Malaysia. She obtained her PhD in the field of Technology Policy from the Cranfield University, UK.

    Zsolt Lazar studied aviation-mechanics and completed an internship at a military airbase, holds a ‘Managing in a Global Context’ Master’s degree from the Jönköping International Business School in Sweden, and an International Business Relations degree jointly from the Hungarian International Business School and Oxford Brookes University in the UK.