Naval Cooperation and Coalition Building in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific: Status and Prospects
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The paper begins with an overview of the regional maritime security environment, and then creates a framework for analysis based upon different political levels of naval cooperation, ranging from alliances to maritime cooperation that may not involve navies at all. This report investigates the status of naval cooperation in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific, the trends in naval and maritime cooperative activities, and the prospects for further cooperation and potential coalition building in the future. Its focus is on benign application of maritime power operations and constabulary operations in normal and low intensity operations conditions. The paper also includes consideration of relevant non-naval cooperation in benign and constabulary operations, particularly given the regional proliferation of coast guards and other maritime enforcement agencies.