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Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific
Heritage and Contemporary Challenges




ISBN 9780415789479
Published November 27, 2017 by Routledge
274 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Scholars and policy makers have traditionally viewed portions of the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific as separate and discrete political, economic, and military regions. In recent years, however, a variety of economic, political, and military forces have made many within the academic community, as well as a growing number of national governmental leaders, change their perceptions and recognize that these maritime expanses are one zone of global interaction. Consequently, political, military, and economic developments in one maritime region increasingly have an impact elsewhere.

Analyzing and assessing the contemporary maritime challenges in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, this valuable study highlights the current prospects for peace and security in what is rapidly becoming recognized as an integrated and interactive political, military-strategic, and economic environment.

This work will be of interest to researchers and policy makers involved in regional studies, as well as security studies, conflict resolution, military, and peace studies.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

PART I THE MARITIME HERITAGE OF THE INDIAN OCEAN AND THE WESTERN PACIFIC

  1. The Indian Ocean, Crossroads between East and West: Pre 1904
    1. Howard M. Hensel

  2. The Great Power Struggle for the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific:
    1. 1904-1949

      Howard M. Hensel

  3. Decolonization and the Cold War in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific: 1945-1991
    1. Howard M. Hensel

  4. Maritime Strategic Developments in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific Since the End of the Cold War
    1. Robert Haddick

      PART II CONTEMPORARY MARITIME CHALLENGES IN THE INDIAN OCEAN AND THE WESTERN PACIFIC

  5. Strategic Maritime Oil Chokepoints in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific
    1. Nayantara D. Hensel

  6. From the Suez Canal to the Gulf of Aden
    1. David H. Shinn

U.S. National Security Policy and the Persian Gulf

      Daniel Goure

  1. The Security Significance of the Malacca-Singapore Straits
    1. Richard A. Bitzinger

  2. The South China Sea: A Chinese Perspective
    1. Xiaoming Zhang

  3. Sino-Japanese Maritime Conflicts and Security Concerns in the East China Sea

Xiaobing Li

CONCLUSION

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Editor(s)

Biography

Howard M. Hensel is Professor of Politico-Military Affairs at the USAF Air War College, USA.

Amit Gupta is Associate Professor of International Security Studies at the USAF Air War College, USA.

Reviews

"An excellent and long awaited assessment of the strategic relationship between the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific. This volume includes a number of well regarded regional and security specialists and is skillfully edited." Sheldon Simon, Professor, Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University, USA

"The maritime lines of communication in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific have now assumed particular importance due to globalization, accompanied by the instability of the international political order. This volume of ten chapters by respected experts on the regions examines the history of and sheds new light on the contemporary importance of maritime navigation in these vital areas and should be read by specialists and interested laymen alike." Oles M. Smolansky, Professor Emeritus, Department of International Relations, Lehigh University, USA