“The Indo-Asia-Pacific’s Maritime Future: A Practical Assessment of the State of Asian Seas” is a new joint publication by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and The Policy Institute at King’s College London based on a three-day Maritime Security workshop held in September 2016.
Edited by Kerry Lynn Nankivell, Jeff Reeves, and Ramon Pacheco Pardo, the book is a candid look at the future of the maritime Indo-Asia-Pacific. In their book preface they state, “The future of the maritime Indo-Asia-Pacific is a shared responsibility of the regional community that depends on it, though governments and their military organizations too often pursue it in isolation from wider regional perspectives. The intent of the workshop and the publication to follow was to fill this gap and provide an informed assessment of the state of our shared seas. The result was a candid, collaborative, strategic conversation about what policy-makers and practitioners of maritime security see as their region’s primary strengths and major challenges. Wherever possible, they also came to consensus on broad parameters for the way ahead.”
In an article by King’s College, Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, co-editor on the report said, “The workshop and report has shown to me that there is a willingness for cooperation and to ease tension in the region. ‘Solutions lie in transparency and cooperation, and collaboration in initiatives and exercises. This ultimately can strengthen the economics of the region and benefit all states.”