The “Indo-Pacific”—New Regional Formulations and New Maritime Frameworks for US-India Strategic Convergence
Author: Scott, David
Source: Asia-Pacific Review, Volume 19, Number 2, 1 November 2012 , pp. 85-109(25)
Abstract:This article argues three things. First, it argues that at the conceptual level there has been a strategic rediscovery of a maritime regional framework, the Indo-Pacific. Second, it argues that at the policy level there is a significant regional security convergence, a degree of strategic balancing, between India and the United States in this Indo-Pacific. Third, it argues that at the causal level there is a common maritime challenge from China faced by India in the Indian Ocean and by the United States in the Pacific Ocean, a common Indo-Pacific strategic challenge which is generating this significant US-India naval convergence. In order to deal with such matters, the article looks at the strategic discourse employed around the concept of the Indo-Pacific, and the related maritime assets deployed in the Indo-Pacific by the United States and India.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 1, 2012