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South Korea, the Quad, and Maritime Security

KIMS Periscope No. 272 U.S. Naval War College Professor Terence Roehrig pdf view The Indo-Pacific region is facing a host of daunting maritime challenges, including increasingly frequent and extreme weather events due to climate change, ocean pollution, pressure on fishing stocks, and threats to maritime commerce, among many others. The Republic of Korea (ROK) has …

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The Contemporary Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific : Lessons from the Ukraine Crisis

KIMS Periscope No. 271 Naval War College, Goa Professor Gurpreet S. Khurana pdf view The Indo-Pacific region represents the ‘maritime underbelly’ of Asia, wherein economic development and prosperity hinges on good order at sea and the littoral. This was also the premises of the contemporary Indo-Pacific vision conceived in 2006-07. With the concept of maritime …

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The Chinese Navy : The Coercive Tool of a Revisionist Power

KIMS Periscope No. 268 Boston College Professor Robert S. Ross pdf view Since 1949, China has been a dissatisfied and revisionist power. Given the presence of first the United States and then the Soviet Union on its borders, its revisionism was the expected reaction to its untenable security environment. Throughout the Cold War, to realize …

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The Role of Naval Diplomacy in the Ukraine Crisis

KIMS Periscope No. 264 Lancaster University Associate Professor Basil Germond pdf view Ukraine is bordered by Russia (and its Belarussian ally) to the East and NATO/EU countries to the West. It has a substantial maritime façade on the Black Sea, although amputated from the Crimean Peninsula since its 2014 annexation by Russia. Access to global …

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Europe and the Indo-Pacific: Why South Korea is a Key Maritime Partner

KIMS Periscope No. 262 King’s College London Professor Ramon Pacheco Pardo pdf view Europe is coming to the waters of the Indo-Pacific. In September, the EU launched its EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Earlier, France, Germany, and the Netherlands had issued their own, while the UK had announced a ‘tilt’ towards the region. …

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Future proofing together: emerging and disruptive technologies in NATO and opportunities for South Korea

KIMS Periscope No. 258 Norwegian Defence University College Associate Professor Paal Sigurd Hilde Paal Sigurd Hilde pdf view In the last decade and a half, geopolitics and great power competition have returned, and with these the threat of conflict between technologically advanced states. Russia’s use of military force against its neighbours in 2008 and 2014 …

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Naval Power in the Age of Technological Uncertainty

KIMS Periscope No. 256 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Assistant Professor Daniel Connolly pdf view In 1863, Sir Edward J. Reed became the Chief Constructor of the Royal Navy, which made him personally responsible for designing the next generation of British warships and safeguarding his country’s maritime hegemony. This was a difficult task for the …

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The ROK Carrier Debate: Domestic Interservice Competition and the North Korean Factor

KIMS Periscope No. 255 Pusan National University Professor Robert E. Kelly pdf view The Republic of Korea (ROK, South Korea) is now considering the construction of an aircraft carrier. This would be a major power projection milestone in ROK military capabilities – and a controversial one. The South Korean National Assembly has for the moment …

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What Might AUKUS Mean for Australia’s Relationship with South Korea?

KIMS Periscope No. 250 La Trobe University Senior Lecturer Rebecca Strating pdf view Despite strong economic ties, Australia and Korea defence cooperation ties are only beginning to deepen. In June 2021, the leaders of the two countries met on the sidelines of G7 leaders meeting and declared they were working towards a comprehensive strategic partnership …

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Naval Hypersonic Weaponry Comes of Age

KIMS Periscope No. 243 Richard Weitz Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis Hudson Institute The Pacific is entering a new hypersonic missile age. Russia, China, the United States, and other Indo-Pacific powers are researching, developing, and beginning to deploy hypersonic delivery systems that fly five or more times the speed of …

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