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.

  • What do low global oil prices mean for the Indo-Pacific?
  • An op-ed in China's Global Times last week argued that India-China cooperation is key to building an 'Indo-Pacific era'.
  • President Joko Widodo is starting to follow up some of his election promises, as well as some themes he emphasised during his inauguration. CFR's Asia Unbound blog recently had a look at Indonesia's new maritime doctrine, announced last month. Lowy Institute Thawley Scholar Adelle Neary has also commented.
  • There is continuing speculation that North Korea is attempting to build a sea-based nuclear deterrent.
  • David Brewster is pointing to the Bay of Bengal as the most likely area of increasing rivalry and competition in the Indo-Pacific.
  • This follows Patrick Cronin and Darshana Baruah arguing in The Diplomat that Prime Minister Modi is implementing a new strategic maritime doctrine throughout the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.
  • While the region has several security- and economy-focused forums in place, regional governance over nuclear weapons is still missing.

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.