By David Schaefer, an intern in the Lowy Institute's International Security program.The Indo-Pacific is a strategic system encompassing the Indian and Pacific oceans, reflecting the expanding interests and reach of China and India as well as the enduring role of the US. The Lowy Institute's International Security program presents a weekly selection of links illuminating the changing security picture in this increasingly connected super-region.
- A panel of constitutional experts is reporting to Shinzo Abe this week; the likely outcome will be Japan's endorsement of collective self-defence.
- A new report from Project 2049 claims to have discovered a major gap in China's air defence radar system.
- While American policymakers consider lifting the US ban on gas exports to punish Russia, South Korea is eyeing the cheap supplies that could flow into Asia's energy market.
- Satellite imagery experts have been tracking preparations at a remote North Korean site, in anticipation of what could be another nuclear test.
- Pakistani intelligence agents calling with fake identities have been trying to trick Indian police and security officials into revealing sensitive information over the phone.
- Deepak Kumar Nayak argues that Islamabad has also begun supplying India's Maoist insurgency.
- In the midst of its political crisis, Thailand has seen another outbreak of insurgent violence in the Muslim South, with more than 30 attacks taking place over the weekend.
The Lowy Institute International Security Program's work on Indo-Pacific security is supported by two grants from the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.