Indo-Pacific region: evolving strategic contours

Darvesh Gopal, Dalbir Ahlawat, Fred C. Smith, Pankaj Jha, Jeanne Hoffman, Glenn Diesen, Chintamani Mahapatra, Vivek Mishra, Faisal Ahmed, Absar Alam, RFI Smith, Wang Dehua, Arvind Kumar, Munmun Majumdar, Aakash Tolani

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    China's rise since the end of the Cold War and particularly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks has created a shift in the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region. This shift has called into question the dominant position of the US in the region, as China challenges the US both economically and militarily. India's role in southwest Asia. sharing a disputed border with China and now more engaged in Southeast and East Asian affairs has added to the complexity of security relationships. More recently, maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea, impacting both ownership of resources and freedom of navigation of critical sea lines of communication, have increased volatility in the region, as China's so-called 'peaceful rise' is no longer viewed as being all-benign. As a result, Indo-Pacific countries are reformulating their individual strategic contours by entering into bilateral, and in some cases multilateral, security and geo-strategic arrangements. The United States has also reacted to this changing strategic landscape, announcing in 2011 a 'pivot' or 'rebalance' to Asia to ensure it remains engaged and relevant in the region. This paper will discuss the trajectory of Indo-Pacific security relationships, analysing the evolving strategic construct, cooperation, friction and challenges.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIndo-Pacific
    Subtitle of host publicationemerging powers, evolving regions and global governance
    EditorsD. Gopal, Dalbir Ahlawat
    Place of PublicationDelhi, India
    PublisherAakar Books
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Print)9789350024010
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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