This edited volume analyses the naval arms race in South-East Asia, and reviews the content, purposes and consequences of the naval policies and development of the main countries of the region.
The rise of naval capability in the countries of the Asia-Pacific Region is increasingly recognised as a major indicator of the ‘rise of Asia’ and its increasing importance in the world’s political, economic and strategic future. Most coverage focusses solely on the navies of the 'big four' – the US, China, India and Japan; however, the region’s other navies, though much smaller, are significant too. Given the current focus on the South China Sea and the Obama administration’s pivot to Asia, naval development in South-East Asia is of particular relevance.
This book first identifies the issues involved in defence acquisition in this area. It then goes on to establish some templates of naval modernisation as a means of assessing the policies of individual countries in the region, by looking at the naval policies of the big four. Finally, the general issue of naval modernisation in South-East Asia is illustrated through a more detailed examination of some of the major issues common to all countries of the area. These include the defence-industrial perspective, specific examinations of submarine and surface ship acquisition processes, and a review of the balance to be struck between naval and coastguard forces in the area.
This book will be of much interest to students of naval power, maritime security, South-East Asian politics, strategic studies, and IR in general.
Table of Contents
Part I : INTRODUCTION: SETTING THE AGENDA 1. Introduction : Naval Modernisation in Southeast Asia: Nature, Cause and Consequence, Geoffrey Till and Jane Chan 2. Naval Acquisition Trends in Asia, Bob Nugent 3. Submarines for Southeast Asia – A Major Step?, Jack McCaffrie 4. Evaluating Motivations and Performance in ASEAN Naval Acquisition Strategy, Ron Matthews and Alma Lozano 5. Towards a Theoretical Model of Weapons Acquisition: A Two-Actor ‘Internal Factors’ Model, Adrian Kuah PART II : COMMON THEMES: COMPARATORS AND TEMPLATES 6. Comparing U.S. and Indian Naval Modernization, Richard Bitzinger 7. Naval Modernisation in China, Japan and South Korea. Contracts and Comparisons, Ian Storey PART III: SOUTHEAST ASIA CASE STUDIES 8. Vietnam: A Case Study in Naval Modernisation, Nguyen Hung Son 9. The modernisation of the Royal Malaysian Navy: challenges, trends and implications, Nizam Basiron and Lim Chee Kia 10. Philippine Naval Modernisation: Nature, Causes and Consequences, Rommel Banlaoi 11. Rebalancing Indonesia’s Naval Force: Trends, Nature, and Drivers, Evan A. Laksmana 12. The Royal Thai Navy At The Beginning of The Second Decade Of The 21st Century, Wilfried A. Herrmann 13. Seeking Balance: Force Projection, Confidence-Building & the Republic of Singapore Navy, Koh Swee Lean Collin PART IV: CONSEQUENCES: NAVAL MODERNISATION AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN SECURITY 14. Regional Navies and Coast Guards: Striking a Balance between "Lawships" and Warships, Sam Bateman 15. Naval Modernisation in East Asia: Four Puzzles, Sukjoon Yoon 16. Naval Modernisation in Southeast Asia: Modernisation versus Arms Races, Bernard Loo 17. Some Tentative Conclusions, Geoffrey Till and Jane Chan
Geoffrey Till was formerly Dean of Academic Studies at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College, and is currently Professor of Maritime Studies in the Defence Studies Department and Director of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy, King's College London, at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is author of a number of books including Seapower (Routledge, 2004, 2009, 2013), Air Power and the Royal Navy, Maritime Strategy and the Nuclear Age, and The Development of British Naval Thinking (Routledge).
Jane Chan is a Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Maritime Security Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.