Maritime security in the Asia-Pacific

Maritime security issues have in recent years gained unprecedented salience in strategic policy planning and debates among countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The issues include maritime territorial disputes, freedom of navigation, naval expansion, competition over the control of strategic sea lanes, challenges to the law of the sea, piracy and maritime environmental security. In HASS, we focus on the key maritime security issues that have implications for the Australian Defence Force. Current research projects include the South China Sea disputes, East China Sea disputes, rising Asian naval power especially the Chinese navy, ‘grey-zone’ maritime threats, naval history of the region, and ASEAN.  Researchers in HASS include John Reeves, Chris Roberts, Shirley Scott, Carl Thayer, Jian Zhang and the Naval Studies Group.