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Published by the Air University Press, the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs (JIPA) is a professional journal of the Department of the Air Force and a forum for worldwide dialogue regarding the Indo-Pacific region, spanning from the west coasts of the Americas to the eastern shores of Africa and covering much of Asia and all of Oceania. The journal fosters intellectual and professional development for members of the Air Force and Space Force and the world’s other English-speaking militaries and informs decision makers and academicians around the globe.

ISSN: 2576-5361 (print) & 2576-537X (digital)


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Dr. Ernest Gunasekara-Rockwell (PhD, University of Wisconsin) serves as the editor of the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs. Prior to standing up the journal, he was the acting director and managing editor of Air University Press and the acting dean of the Air Force Research Institute. Earlier in his career, he served as a human intelligence collector and Korean linguist for the US Army. Dr. Gunasekara-Rockwell has taught at the collegiate level at institutions of higher education in Missouri, Wisconsin, and New Mexico, and returned to the Defense Language Institute-Foreign Language Center as an assistant professor in the Technology Integration Division for a short stint. In addition to his background in the social sciences and humanities, he has studied several foreign languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Sinhala, and Korean. In addition to his work with JIPA, he previously served as the editor for the Journal of European, Middle Eastern, & African Affairs and the Wild Blue Yonder journal and wrote a number of cultural orientations and country-in-perspective pieces.

 

Articles submitted to the journal must be unclassified, nonsensitive, and releasable to the public. Features represent fully researched, thoroughly documented, and peer-reviewed scholarly articles 5,000 to 6,000 words in length. Views articles are shorter than Features—3,000 to 5,000 words—typically expressing well-thought-out and developed opinions about regional topics. The Commentary section offers a forum about current subjects of interest. These short posts are 1,500 to 2,500 words in length. Submit all manuscripts to JIPA@au.af.edu.  

The views and opinions expressed or implied in JIPA are those of the authors and should not be construed as carrying the official sanction of the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, Air Education and Training Command, Air University, or other agencies or departments of the US government.

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LATEST EDITION

Indo-Pacific Perspectives (December 2020)

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Indo-Pacific Perspectives cover
Indo-Pacific Perspectives cover
Indo-Pacific Perspectives cover
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Gunasekara-Rockwell
VIRIN: 210123-F-YT915-001


 December 2020

 

Map of the Indo-Pacific
Map of the Indo-Pacific
Map of the Indo-Pacific
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 201206-F-YT915-001

Introduction: A Rules-Based Order for the Indo-Pacific?
Dr. Peter Harris, editor

This, the first “Indo-Pacific Perspectives” roundtable from the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, will offer some answers to the complex geopolitical (and “geolegal”) questions facing the region. As the name suggests, this new series of roundtables will showcase viewpoints from across the Indo-Pacific megaregion (and sometimes beyond). The goal is to facilitate a dialogue between academics and policy practitioners that will be of great interest—and, we hope, considerable use—to an international cast of scholars and decision makers whose work focuses on the Indo-Pacific.
 
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The new US security funding for the Indo-Pacific region includes a new program in the Bay of Bengal.
Indo-Pacific security
The new US security funding for the Indo-Pacific region includes a new program in the Bay of Bengal.
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 201204-F-YT915-001
The Indian Ocean’s Key Role in the Indo-Pacific Rules-based International Order
Nilanthi Samaranayake

The Indian Ocean is not characterized by rampant territorial disputes and Chinese assertiveness, as the Pacific is. From such characterizations, it seems clear that US strategy is still focused on the Pacific segment of the Indo-Pacific and less so the Indian Ocean, which remains a secondary theater for US defense planners.
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Flag of Communist China
Flag of Communist China
Flag of Communist China
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 201206-F-YT915-003

Chinese Vision of a Rules-based Order: International Order with Chinese Characteristics
Dr. Benjamin Tze Ern Ho

Beijing’s realpolitik vision of international politics leads it to conclude that most countries who aligned with the United States in the past did so not because of some higher ideational motivation (for instance, to preserve individual human rights, or believing that democracy was the best form of governance) but because their own national interests—often materially defined—were best served subscribing to the American-led international order. A Chinese-led order could therefore expect to command similar levels of support.
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Militarized island in the South China Sea
Militarized island in the South China Sea
Militarized island in the South China Sea
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 201206-F-YT915-002

Do Regimes Matter?: Implications of the 2016 UNCLOS South China Sea Ruling for a Rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific
Dr. Laura Southgate

China’s response to the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling provides a window through which to examine both the existence of a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific and its future prospects as China increasingly seeks to exert its influence in the international system.

 
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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel are seen on the destroyers JS Suzutsuki (DD 117) (L) and JS Inazuma (DD 105) after they arrive as part of an Indo-Pacific tour at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 18, 2018. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel are seen on the destroyers JS Suzutsuki (DD 117) (L) and JS Inazuma (DD 105) after they arrive as part of an Indo-Pacific tour at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 18, 2018. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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VIRIN: 201206-F-YT915-006

Next Priorities for Japan’s FOIP Vision: The Quad, ASEAN, and Institutional Linkages in the Indo-Pacific
Dr. Kei Koga

Japan needs to provide a clear strategy to realize the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy in the context of the rapidly evolving US-China great-power rivalry.

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India in the Indo-Pacific
India in the Indo-Pacific
India in the Indo-Pacific
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 201204-F-YT915-006

India’s Indo-Pacific Reckoning
Dr. Titli Basu


Beijing’s ascent in the international order and the ensuing disequilibrium in the balance of power between the United States and China at the global level, and China and India at the regional level, are making policy elites in New Delhi fiercely debate key strategic choices in pursuit of the national interest. Stakes are high with trade, technology, the fourth industrial revolution, and infrastructure all defining great-power contestation in the strategic theater of the Indo-Pacific.

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reordering the Indo-Pacific
reordering the Indo-Pacific
reordering the Indo-Pacific
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 201206-F-YT915-005

Challenges in Institutionalizing Rules-based Order in the Indo-Pacific: Defending or Reordering the Status Quo
Dr. Ngaibiakching

The rules-based international order led by the West is undergoing a crisis, with post-World War II (“liberal international”) institutions seeming particularly vulnerable to the relative decline of the United States. Meanwhile, the tectonic shift of power from the West to Asia has intensified the geopolitical and strategic relevance of the Indo-Pacific, with China’s challenge to US leadership (alongside the rise of regional middle powers) amplifying existing criticisms of the international rules-based order as inadequate or biased.
 
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Jakarta
Jakarta
Jakarta
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
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A Rules-based Order in the Indo-Pacific: A View from Jakarta
Dr. Dewi Fortuna Anwar

Faced with increasing great-power competition, ASEAN has billed itself as a bridge to promote dialogues and cooperation within an inclusive regional architecture to build trust, foster preventive diplomacy, and resolve conflicts through peaceful means, that in turn may contribute to a more inclusive rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.
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