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.
- Barack Obama will be visiting Asia later this month, and his time in Tokyo would be wisely spent getting a handle on the Diaoyu-Senkaku dispute.
- The US Navy shouldn't write off the aircraft carrier just yet, argues Otto Kreisher.
- Using data from the Japanese coast guard, M Taylor Fravel and Alastair Iain Johnston try to bring some quantitative rigour to the debate over China's maritime assertiveness.
- In a subject that is likely to concern many Indo-Pacific nations, Sarah Kreps explores ways to limit the proliferation of armed drones.
- While it will not be discussed at this week's Defence Trilateral Talks, it seems as if the proposal for a military intelligence sharing pact between Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington is quietly being revived at American insistence.
- Was violence in Kashmir over the weekend a taste of things to come for a Modi-led India?
- Abdul-Latif Halimi outlines what a 'free and active' foreign policy coming out of Jakarta could mean for Indonesia's neighbours in the years ahead.
- A knock-off drone, allegedly belonging to North Korea, has flown over the presidential house in Seoul, taking surveillance pictures. At last count, it's one of three vehicles which infiltrated the South's airspace without being detected.
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.