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Geopolitics and the Indo-Pacific Region

1st Edition

By Ashok Kapur


240 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Exploring the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific region, which has emerged as the centre of gravity, a major hub of global economic/commercial, military, diplomatic and cultural activities in the 21st century, this textbook provides students with an introduction to the existing debates, frameworks and issues surrounding the Indo-Pacific.

The book explains the historical background to highlight the significance of the Indo-Pacific region, the shift of power from West to East and the importance of the growing connectivity between Asia-Pacific and the Indo-Pacific areas. Presenting the different arguments regarding the caveats and meaning of ‘Indo-Pacific’, the book shows that the region is the "theatre" of great power and middle power competition. Analysing the rise of non-traditional threats which have a transnational character, the chapters explore prospects of stability and areas of cooperation.

Complete with maps, profiles of important peoples and institutions, time line of events, major dates, key alliances and list of further readings and questions for discussion, this book fills a gap in the market. It will be of interest to upper level undergraduates and postgraduate students and researchers studying International Relations, IPE, Geopolitics, Asian Politics and Asian Security Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The History and Parameters of the Indo-Pacific Region

3. Historical Context: Geopolitics and Balance of Power Thinking and Practices in the Past and Present

4. IPR’s Four Major Entanglements

5. A New World Order: Sino-centric, West-centric or Hybrid National Security Transactional Relations?

About the Author

Ashok Kapur is Distinguished professor emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada. He is author/co-author/editor of 15 books and numerous academic papers on South Asian strategic affairs with an emphasis on nuclear weapons and non-proliferation issues, Indian Ocean strategic affairs, India's diplomacy and China's international relations and negotiating behaviour.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies