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1st Edition

Naval Powers in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific

ISBN 9780367524548
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
278 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A vital component of the interdependent global economy, maritime transit routes are nowhere more critical than those traversing the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific. Previously, areas of the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific have been viewed as separate and discrete political, economic, and military regions. In recent years, however, a variety of economic, political, and military forces have created a new understanding of these maritime expanses as one zone of global interaction.

This book complements the material presented in its companion volume, Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, by analysing the perceptions, interests, objectives, maritime capabilities, and policies of the major maritime powers operating in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific. In addition, the book also assesses the contemporary maritime challenges and opportunities that confront the global community within what is rapidly becoming recognised as an integrated zone of global interaction.

A valuable study for researchers and policymakers working in the fields of maritime security; military, security and peace studies; conflict resolution; and Asian affairs.

Table of Contents


Howard M. Hensel and Amit Gupta

1 The United States and Security Issues in the IO-WestPac Region

William L. Dowdy

2 China’s Naval Strategy

Yves-Heng Lim

3 Russian Maritime Strategy since the Ukrainian Crisis

Alexandr Burilkov

4 Contemporary Europe in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific

Douglas Carl Peifer

5 Japanese Maritime Perspectives, Interests, Objectives and Policies

Takuya Shimodaira

6 The Republic of Korea Navy: Capabilities, Confrontation, and Potential Outcomes

Kevin W. Madden

7 Strategic and "Everyday" Maritime Security Challenges in Southeast Asia

Maria Ortuoste

8 Australia’s Maritime Strategy

Alan Bloomfield and Shirley V. Scott

9 A New Zealand View: Anchored in Oceania – Reaching Out to Asia

Carol Abraham

10 India: Maritime Strategy

Amit Gupta

11 Iran’s Maritime Aims: Persistent Strategy, Changing Capabilities

Nathan Gonzalez

12 The Arab Gulf States: Contemporary Maritime Perspectives, Interests, Objectives, and Policies in the Gulf Cooperation Council

Joseph A. Kéchichian

13 South Africa and Maritime Security: Interests Objectives, Policies, and Challenges

Theodor Neethling


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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.