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Twenty-First Century Seapower

Cooperation and Conflict at Sea, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Dutton, Robert Ross, Øystein Tunsjø


344 pages

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This book offers an assessment of the naval policies of emerging naval powers, and the implications for maritime security relations and the global maritime order.

Since the end of the Cold War, China, Japan, India and Russia have begun to challenge the status quo with the acquisition of advanced naval capabilities. The emergence of rising naval powers is a cause for concern, as the potential for great power instability is exacerbated by the multiple maritime territorial disputes among new and established naval powers.

This work explores the underlying sources of maritime ambition through an analysis of various historical cases of naval expansionism. It analyses both the sources and dynamics of international naval competition, and looks at the ways in which maritime stability and the widespread benefits of international commerce and maritime resource extraction can be sustained through the twenty-first century.

This book will be of much interest to students of naval power, Asian security and politics, strategic studies, security studies and IR in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Peter Dutton, Robert S. Ross, Oystein Tunsjo PART I: Land Powers Go to Sea 2. The National Security of Secondary Maritime Powers within the Classic European States System, Rolf Hobson and Tom Kristiansen 3. Geography and Sea Power, Jakub Grygiel 4. Conflict at Sea: How It Happens and How It Can Be Avoided, Xu Qiyu PART II: Emerging Naval Powers: Sources and Objectives of Naval Policies 5. The Boundaries and Directions of China’s Sea Power, Shi Xiaoqin 6. India’s Growing Maritime Power: Roots, Objectives and Long-Term Plans, Arun Prakash 7. Russia’s Naval Ambitions: Driving Forces and Constraints, Katarzyna Zysk 8. Reluctant Sea Power: Geopolitics in Asia and Japan’s Maritime Strategy, Tetsuo Kotani PART III: A New Maritime Strategy for the 21st Century 9. Defense Of The System: Changing The Geometry Of Great Power Competition, Robert C. Rubel 10. "NATO: War Fighting, Naval Diplomacy and Multilateral Cooperation at Sea", Geoffrey Till 11. China’s Maritime Security Policy Making and Maritime Confidence Building Measures, Ren Xiaofeng 12. Countering Piracy and Armed Robbery in Asia: A Study of Two Areas, Catherine Zara Raymond PART IV: Managing Contemporary Maritime Security 13. Applying The Brakes To Naval Rivalry In The Western Pacific: An Agenda For US-China Maritime Partnership, Lyle Goldstein and Michael Chase 14. Law of the Sea for the 21st Century, Peter Dutton 15. Freedom of the Sea, Law of the Sea, A Chinese Perspective, Zhang Haiwen and Wu Jilu 16. Confidence Building Measures and Non-Traditional Security Cooperation, Zheng Hong

About the Editors

Peter Dutton is Associate Professor of Strategic Studies in the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College, Rhode Island.

Robert S. Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College, Associate, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. He is author of several books.

Øystein Tunsjø is Associate Professor in the Department of International Security Policy, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies.

About the Series

Cass Series: Naval Policy and History

This series consists primarily of original manuscripts by research scholars in the general area of naval policy and history, without national or chronological limitations. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Naval
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General