Foreign Partner Cooperation

  • Global Commons

    Allies and Partners invest in, collaborate on missile defense systems

    FORUM Staff Expanding nuclear and nonnuclear missile arsenals across the Indo-Pacific contribute to security dilemmas throughout the region. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) relies on growing capabilities — including intercontinental and inter-regional ballistic missiles along with medium- and short-range ballistic weapons — to assert expansive sovereignty claims. Meanwhile, a provocative North Korea persists with its United Nations-banned weapons programs,…

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  • Partnerships

    Thailand, U.S. to hold annual military drills with troops from 30 nations

    Radio Free Asia Thailand and the United States will stage annual, large-scale military drills in late February 2024, with more than 10,000 troops from 30 nations expected to participate. As part of the maneuvers, Thai and U.S. personnel will salvage the Royal Thai Navy corvette HTMS Sukhothai, which sank during a storm in the Gulf of Thailand in December 2022,…

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  • Partnerships

    Singapore-Thailand defense partnership crucial to Indo-Pacific security

    Tom Abke Formed over decades and evolving with the security environment in the Indo-Pacific, the defense partnership between Singapore and Thailand is among the region’s most robust and far-reaching, including joint efforts to secure the vital shipping lanes of the Malacca and Singapore straits, and regular military exercises. “It’s with only a handful of key foreign counterparts that the SAF…

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  • Global Commons

    Australia, Japan collaborating on undersea communication, defense capabilities

    Felix Kim Australia and Japan are teaming up to develop undersea warfare capabilities as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) rapidly expands its submarine fleet and acts aggressively across the Indo-Pacific, often in violation of international law. The announcement mirrors Australia’s broader efforts to bolster its high-tech capabilities as part of its AUKUS security partnership with the United Kingdom and…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Indian Navy pledges to ensure security amid piracy, rebel attacks

    FORUM Staff India’s growing naval presence in the Red Sea region reflects its commitment to safety and security along the vital trade route. New Delhi has surveillance aircraft and at least 12 vessels focused on preventing piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea, Reuters news agency reported in late January 2024. A multinational coalition is working separately…

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  • Partnerships

    Southeast Asian nations strengthen regional unity

    FORUM Staff Southeast Asian nations are increasingly willing to act on issues requiring collective defense and cooperation, as evidenced by the mid-January 2024 talks in Hanoi between Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on strengthening joint maritime security and commerce. The leaders “reaffirmed the importance of peace, stability … and freedom of navigation” in the contested…

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  • Northeast Asia

    Japan’s revised defense export policy signals expanded regional security role

    Felix Kim In a significant policy shift, Japan recently revised its defense export rules, enabling the export of complete defense equipment manufactured under foreign licenses. Analysts say the strategic move, coinciding with Tokyo’s efforts to strengthen its missile defense capabilities, is poised to reshape regional and global security dynamics. The policy change allows Japan to export Patriot surface-to-air missiles to…

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  • Oceania

    Australia deepens maritime security cooperation with Pacific island neighbors

    Tom Abke Defense partnerships between Australia and the island nations of the Pacific have an enduring history dating back decades. In recent years, Australia has significantly increased its efforts to bolster maritime security cooperation with those nations by ensuring the security of sea lanes, and combating illegal fishing, piracy and other maritime threats through joint patrols, maritime surveillance, capacity-building measures…

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  • Global Commons

    Nations developing rules for use of AI, autonomous weapons

    FORUM Staff More than 50 nations have joined the United States in setting guidelines to ensure the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous weapons systems adheres to international law, according to a top U.S. defense official. As AI becomes more prominent in weapons development and other military applications, stakeholders are developing rules to govern its use. Philippine and U.S.…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    ASEAN demonstrates solidarity as PRC drags feet on South China Sea code of conduct

    FORUM Staff Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members are reinforcing partnerships that uphold stability in the South China Sea. Recent diplomatic efforts come as an increasingly aggressive People’s Republic of China (PRC) claims decadeslong talks on a code of conduct (COC) for the crucial waterway are “going smoothly.” Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met…

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