Asian Maritime Strategies: Navigating Troubled Waters

Asian Maritime Strategies: Navigating Troubled Waters

by Bernard D. Cole

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Asian Maritime Strategies: Navigating Troubled Waters by Bernard D. Cole

Asian Maritime Strategies explores one of the world's most complex and dangerous maritime arenas. Asia, stretching from the Aleutian Islands to the Persian Gulf, contains the world's busiest trade routes. It is also the scene of numerous maritime territorial disputes, pirate attacks, and terrorist threats. In response, the nations of the region are engaged in a nascent naval arms race. In this new work, Bernard Cole, author of the acclaimed The Great Wall At Sea, examines the maritime strategies and naval forces of the region's nations, as well as evaluating the threats and opportunities for cooperation at sea. The United States Navy is intimately involved in these disputes and opportunities, which threaten vital American economic, political, and security interests.

The most useful geographical designation for maritime Asia is the "Indo-Pacific" and Cole provides both a survey of the maritime strategies of the primary nations of the Indo-Pacific region as well as an evaluation of the domestic and international politics that drive those strategies. The United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China, the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Iran, the smaller Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf states are all surveyed and analyzed. The United States, Japan, China, and India draw the most attention, given their large modern navies and distant strategic reach and the author concludes that the United States remains the dominant maritime power in this huge region, despite its lack of a traditionally strong merchant marine. U.S. maritime power remains paramount, due primarily to its dominant navy. The Chinese naval modernization program deservedly receives a good deal of public attention, but Cole argues that on a day-to-day basis the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, as its navy is named, is the most powerful maritime force in Far Eastern waters, while the modernizing Indian Navy potentially dominates the Indian Ocean.

Most telling will be whether United States power and focus remain on the region, while adjusting to continued Chinese maritime power in a way acceptable to both nations. No other current or recent work provides such a complete description of the Indo-Pacific region's navies and maritime strategies, while analyzing the current and future impact of those forces.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591141624
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 973,740
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Capt. Bernard D. Cole, USN (Ret.), teaches at the National War College in Washington, D.C. Cole's previous books include The Great Wall at Sea: China's Navy in the Twenty-First Century, which was selected for the Navy Reading Program. He earned a PhD in History from Auburn University and lives in Alexandria, VA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Acronyms and Abbreviations ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Setting the Scene 23

Chapter 2 The United States 38

Chapter 3 Japan 61

Chapter 4 North Asia 78

Chapter 5 China 92

Chapter 6 Southeast Asia 116

Chapter 7 India 133

Chapter 8 South Asia 151

Chapter 9 Conflict and Cooperation 166

Conclusion 190

Notes 213

Bibliography 255

Index 291

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