"Bernard Cole has written a comprehensive, and even magisterial, examination of the maritime strategies and navies of East and South Asia, with the navies of the Persian Gulf included for good measure… This is an impressive and unparalleled work on Asian maritime strategy that deserves to be widely read."
--H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews
"As an introductory primer into naval development in the Indo-Pacific this book by one of the world's leading experts on the region is literally second to none and at the very reasonable price at which the Naval Institute Press have managed to make available, this book will be a sure-fire success. I shall certainly be recommending it to all my students."--The Naval Review
"Cole analyzes the Indo-Pacific region, currently engaged in an arms race and describes the navies and maritime strategies of the nations, noting that the United States still is the pre-eminent power but is adjusting to the changing strategic environment."--Seapower
"Bernard D. Cole's latest contribution to scholarship should grace the desk of any serious student of international relations in what the author broadly refers to as the Indo-Pacific region. His The Great Wall at Sea has served for years as a highly respected source on the history and modern emergence of China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Cole, a retired Navy captain and long-time professor at Washington's National War College, speaks with authority once again in Asian Maritime Strategies. Bernard Cole has written a comprehensive, well documented, and impressively argued work highlighting the importance of maritime power in the Indo-Pacific region."--The Northern Mariner
"Another timely and successful book by Cole! He combines unique credentials--naval officer, historian, teacher, specialist in Asian navies--to make a strong bid to join the historic giants of geostrategy on whom he impressively builds--Mackinder, Mahan, and Corbett."--REAR ADM. ERIC MCVADON, USN (RET.), Senior Advisor and Director Emeritus for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis
"Cole concludes with the best summary of the areas of maritime conflict and cooperation in the region that I have read. Cole's conclusions and predictions for the future are solid and worth the attention of both interested readers and national policymakers."--ADM. DENNIS BLAIR, USN (RET.), former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, and Director of National Intelligence
"No serious student of naval strategy in the twenty-first century can afford to be without this lucid analysis of the Pacific and Indian Oceans' marine geography and geopolitics. Cole has crafted an indispensable aid to understanding naval dynamics in the region that is now at the center of world affairs."--AMBASSADOR CHAS W. FREEMAN JR., former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs