1st Edition

Naval Powers in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific

Edited By Howard M. Hensel, Amit Gupta Copyright 2018
    278 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    Howard M. Hensel


    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.