Foreign Partner Cooperation

  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Trilateral partnership strengthening maritime law enforcement in Southeast Asia

    Gusty Da Costa Maritime law enforcement cooperation among Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, known as INDOMALPHI, has significantly mitigated security threats such as armed robbery, kidnapping, transnational crime and terrorism in the Sulu and Sulawesi seas, officials say. The 24th INDOMALPHI Joint Working Group Meeting on the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement (TCA), held in mid-May 2024 in Bandung, Indonesia, highlighted the…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    U.S. defense chief praises ‘new era of security’ in Indo-Pacific

    Agence France-Presse United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hailed a “new era of security” in the Indo-Pacific, as Washington strengthens its network of alliances and partnerships. From Australia to Japan, the U.S. has deepened defense ties across the region, ramping up joint military exercises and regularly deploying assets to conduct freedom of navigation operations in the Taiwan Strait and South…

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  • Global Commons

    Japan leveraging infrastructure, innovation for strategic engagement

    Felix Kim Recognizing the transformative potential of economic growth and technological innovation, Japan is engaging with emerging market countries across the Indo-Pacific to develop infrastructure, enhance business environments and increase sustainability. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) plays a pivotal role in these efforts, supporting projects in sectors critical to sustainable development. Japan’s approach, including incorporating official development assistance (ODA),…

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  • Oceania

    Australia plans major spending boost for Indo-Pacific defense

    Tom Abke To bolster its defense capabilities, Australia recently unveiled its inaugural National Defence Strategy (NDS) and 2024 Integrated Investment Program. The comprehensive plan projects an annual defense budget surpassing $66.4 billion by 2033-34, equating to 2.4% of gross domestic product. The strategic initiative seeks to provide an integrated and focused defense force capable of addressing Australia’s greatest threats and…

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  • Global Commons

    Allies, Partners bolster PNG’s recovery efforts after devastating landslide

    FORUM Staff From providing shelters and hygiene kits to deploying military assets and emergency management experts, Indo-Pacific Allies and Partners are rallying to support Papua New Guinea (PNG) after a deadly landslide. Australia announced an initial $1.7 million in humanitarian assistance for its northern neighbor, as well as support for civil society organizations leading response and recovery efforts after the…

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  • Features

    Transregional Commitments to the Indo-Pacific

    Forum Staff With deepening power competition, population shifts and growing economies in the Indo-Pacific, global stakeholders are refining, and in many cases expanding, their strategic investments and presence in the region. Many now count a Free and Open Indo-Pacific as vital to their own geopolitical and economic success.  “The vast majority of countries throughout the region have rallied around the…

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  • Features

    Collective Security

    FORUM Staff A plan by South Korea-based Samsung to build a more than $220 million research and development facility near Yokohama, Japan, exemplifies an upswing in cooperation between the Indo-Pacific nations. The countries are major players in semiconductor and other technology industries, and their leaders envision a growing partnership on economic and security fronts. The Samsung venture, expected to open…

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  • Features

    Space Defense Partnerships

    APOGEE STAFF Starting with Australia in 2013, the United States Department of Defense (DOD) has signed deals with more than 30 nations to share information about what’s up there circling the Earth. These space situational awareness (SSA) agreements, written in carefully crafted legal language, typically address space launches, avoiding collisions and objects dropping out of orbit. But the enduring value…

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  • Features

    Side by Side

    In mid-2023, the tents and trailers at the Australian Defence Force’s Townsville Field Training Area in northeast Queensland became temporary homes to troops from around the world — a place to train, learn, and share skills and experiences, while reinforcing the commitment of Allies and Partners to regional security and stability. Talisman Sabre, the biennial Australia-United States exercise first held in…

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  • Across The Region

    Australia, Philippines Upgrade Strategic Ties

    Australia and the Philippines agreed in September 2023 to hold annual defense ministers’ meetings as the nations upgraded bilateral ties to a strategic partnership amid rising security challenges in the region, including in the South China Sea. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese signed a strategic partnership agreement with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during his trip to Manila, the first…

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