1st Edition

Assessing Maritime Power in the Asia-Pacific The Impact of American Strategic Re-Balance

By Greg Kennedy, Harsh V. Pant Copyright 2015

    Leading academics from around the world, who specialize in analysing maritime strategic issues, deliberate the impact of the American 'pivot' or 're-balance' strategy, and the 'Air-Sea Battle' operational concept, on the maritime power and posture of a number of selected states. Intending to strengthen US economic, diplomatic, and security engagement throughout the Asia-Pacific, both bilaterally and multilaterally, the re-balance stands out as one of the Obama administration's most far-sighted and ambitious foreign policy initiatives.

    Introduction, GregKennedy, Harsh V.Pant; Chapter 1 Assessing the American ‘Re-Balancing’ Strategy, GregKennedy; Chapter 2 The Impact of the US Re-Balance on UK Strategic Thinking, TimBenbow; Chapter 3 The Impact of the US “Re-Balancing” to Asia on French Strategic Thinking, HallGardner; Chapter 4 Impact of the US “Pivot” on Canada’s Strategic Thinking and Maritime Posture, ElinorSloan; Chapter 5 Reactions to the Re-Balance, GeoffTill; Chapter 6 The American Pivot and China’s Maritime Power, DavidScott; Chapter 7 Impact of the American “Re-Balance” Strategy on Japanese Naval Power, EmiMifune; Chapter 8 Impact of the US Pivot on ROK Naval Power, Y. Hwang Balbina; Chapter 9 The American “Pivot” and the Indian Navy, V. Pant Harsh, YogeshJoshi;


    Greg Kennedy is Professor of Strategic Foreign Policy, and the Director of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham. Harsh V Pant is Professor of International Relations in Defence Studies Department and the India Institute at King’s College London. He is also an Associate at the Center for Science and Security Studies and an Adjunct Fellow with the Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC.

    ’This book provides a comprehensive assessment of the different perspectives of nations with a key interest in the emerging strategic environment of the Asia-Pacific as they seek to come to terms with the always complex and often fraught relationship between China and the United States.’ James Goldrick, Australian National University, Australia