In Sea Control 34, Natalie Sambhi of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) interviews her colleagues Dr. Rod Lyon and Daniel Grant about the ways in which Asia Pacific states are engaged in strategic competition. Lyon thinks that the term “game-changers” fits very well with the situation in South East Asia. Politically the Republic of the Union of Myanmar moved from being a close friend of China and North Korea to a country, which will reach out to the economic and the social environment of the western states. But the South East Asia region is not only changing itself internally, but also their relationship to the US. On the Other Hand, China’s presence in South East Asia is growing too, because of their investments in the capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
In contrast to Lyon, Grant thinks that “game-changers” are more related to changes in the domestic politics and subsequently, how states respond in the international system. For example: Domestic factors in Indonesia, such as those flowing from opposition to American military actions in the Middle East, or from economic dependence on China, might prove decisive in shaping Indonesia’s responses to the changing Asian strategic order. But still, the idea of “non-alignment” is deeply embedded in the strategic culture of Indonesia.
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Rear Admiral James G. Foggo, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Operations, Plans and Strategy), joins Matthew Hipple in episode 35. They discuss the creation of strategic literacy within the Navy’s officer corps. Foggo presents the Current Strategy Forum at the U.S. Naval War College, which encourage America’s civilian and military leadership to a wide-ranging debate on national and international security.
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