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  • Features

    Common Ground

    Forum Staff The United States and its Allies and Partners are doubling down on efforts to reinforce peace and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific. Collective measures for ensuring a Free and Open Indo-Pacific include investing in secure and resilient technology ecosystems that enhance shared values. The U.S. also continues supporting its Allies and Partners’ defense and security capabilities to bolster regional…

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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

    Mounting a Biodefense

    Dr. Deon Canyon and Dr. Benjamin Ryan Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Emergent infectious diseases are a constant threat to global health security. Southeast Asian countries are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases due to their location, population density, rapid urbanization, increased development in wildlife areas and overwhelmed resources. In recent years, the Indo-Pacific has experienced outbreaks of…

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  • Features

    PRC Weaponizes Water

    Brahma Chellaney Water is the most precious of natural resources. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) dominates Asia’s water because of its control over the Tibetan plateau, which served as a buffer with India until the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Mao Zedong annexed it in the early 1950s. Since mid-2022, Beijing has raised security concerns by increasing efforts to…

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  • Features

    Persistent partnerships in cyberspace

    FORUM Staff When Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Hiroe Jiro went to Ukraine in 2020, the nation’s sophisticated cyber defenses came as a surprise. It was six years after Russia seized Crimea and invaded eastern Ukraine, launching a yearslong cyber onslaught along the way. Russian-affiliated cyberattacks targeted Ukraine’s Central Election Commission, took down power grids and unleashed malware. Disruptive…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Slippery Moves

    FORUM STAFF A dearth of modern tanker ships willing to carry sanctioned Russian oil has given rise to a “shadow” fleet of more than 600 past-their-prime vessels that deliver crude and refined petroleum to receptive nations. The vessels elude detection by obscuring their ownership, turning off automatic identification system (AIS) devices, transferring cargo at sea and “spoofing,” or broadcasting a…

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  • Features

    Demographic Shifts

    Dr. Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba  |  Photos by Reuters Continued population growth in India and depopulation in China mean that India has assumed the title as the world’s most populous country. From population size alone, not much can be inferred about India’s future, but a deeper dive into its demographic dynamics shows that the country’s leaders need to move quickly to…

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  • Departments

    ‘Aim for Seamless’

    FORUM STAFF PHOTOS BY AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE DEPARTMENT Australia’s Department of Defence prioritizes technology and innovation in its efforts to preserve a global rules-based order and a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. Dr. Nigel McGinty is at the forefront as the department’s chief technology officer for science strategy, communications and international engagement. McGinty, a panelist at the 2023 Pacific Operational Science &…

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  • Features

    Ocean of Data

    FORUM STAFF  |  PHOTOS BY INTERNATIONAL MONITORING, CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE NETWORK Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a global scourge: 1 in 5 fish sold is illegally caught. The Indo-Pacific, with 65% of the world’s oceans and more than half of its population, is rife with fishing operations that damage national economies, push depleted fish stocks toward collapse, harm…

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  • Features

    Protecting Civilians During Conflict

    FORUM Staff Territorial disputes, political ambitions and resource competition often spark or escalate armed conflicts. The resulting wars, regardless of their cause, come with complicated consequences. Among them: short- and long-term devastation, and civilian deaths that account for nearly 90% of wartime casualties, according to a 2022 United Nations Security Council report. One of the grimmest pictures of conflict’s toll…

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