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The National Security College is proud to present Indo-Pacific Maritime Security: Challenges and Cooperation. This edited collection of papers focuses of the emerging concept of the Indo-Pacific, maritime tensions including in the East and South China Seas, transnational security issues, the role of Japan as a regional security partner, and prospects for partnerships involving other countries. These are drawn from a conference convened by the National Security College in March 2016 as part of a wider research and policy engagement project with the generous support of the Embassy of Japan.

The Indo-Pacific region is becoming widely recognised as the global centre of gravity in economic interaction, demographics, transnational security challenges or the strategic balance. As the 2016 Australian Defence White Paper affirmed, this is Australia's region, but it is also a vast maritime zone where the interests of many players are engaged. These powers include China, India, Japan and the United States, but also substantial medium and smaller powers, including Australia and Indonesia, and stakeholders from beyond the region. The Indo-Pacific sea-lanes, after all, are becoming the world's principal highways for energy and commerce.

Conference articles

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Changes in the Indo-Pacific security order

The evolving security order in the Indo-Pacific
- Professor Rory Medcalf

Indo-Pacific maritime security: Challenges and cooperation
- Ambassador Sumio Kusaka

Australia-Japan cooperation in maritime security

A new dimension to Australia-Japan maritime security cooperation
- Rear Admiral Kazu Akimoto

Managing security tensions in the East China Sea and South China Sea

Managing tensions in East Asian waters: challenges and responses
- Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan

Managing tensions in the South China Sea: the central role of ASEAN
- Emeritus Professor Carlyle Thayer

Managing security tensions in the East China Sea and South China Sea: a legal perspective
- Dr Hitoshi Nasu

Building regional collaboration in addressing transnational maritime security issues in the Indo-Pacific

The limits to maritime security collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region
- Dr Chris Rahman

Australia-Indonesia maritime security cooperation as a contribution to Indo-Pacific security
- Dr Riefqi Muna

Understanding China's maritime policy: the 21st Century Silk Road
- Dr Teng Jianqun

The role of Japan in Indian Ocean security

The role of Japan in Indian Ocean security: a Japanese perspective
- Mr Masenori Nishi

Japan's key role in capacity-building in the Indian Ocean
- Dr David Brewster

Japan's commitment to Indian Ocean security: a vitally important highway, but risks of strategic overextension (English)?
- Commander Keitaro Ushirogata

Japan's commitment to Indian Ocean security: a vitally important highway, but risks of strategic overextension (Japanese)?
- Commander Keitaro Ushirogata

Australia-Japan and the Indian Ocean blue economy
- Dr Anthony Bergin

New strategic partnerships among Indo-Pacific partners

Composing a seamless chain of maritime security coalitions through Indo-Pacific balance
- Vice Admiral Hideaki Kaneda

New strategic partnerships among Indo-Pacific partners: Key enablers to building partner caapacity
- Dr Jennifer Moroney

India and the Indo-Pacific balance
- Mr Nitin Pai

The future of the maritime domain

The future of the maritime domain: challenges and opportunities
- Rear Admiral James Goldrick


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