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The Vietnam War in the Pacific World

by Brian Cuddy and Fredrik Logevall

The essays gathered here offer an essential, postcolonial interpretation of a struggle rooted not only in Indochinese history but also in the wider Asia Pacific region.

South Korea’s Grand Strategy: Making Its Own Destiny

by Ramon Pacheco Pardo

This book examines the key factors and goals that shape South Korea’s long-term strategy, with analysis that brings together its diplomatic, military, economic, and soft-power components. Pacheco Pardo shows that South Korea’s fundamental aim has been to move beyond its past as a “shrimp among whales” and instead attain autonomy and freedom of action.

Peaceful Management of Maritime Disputes

by James Kraska and Heecheol Yang

Focusing on key international law issues relating to maritime boundary disputes, this book explores how international law and legal institutions facilitate these goals theoretically and practically.

Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy

by Martin S. Indyk

Based on newly available documents from American and Israeli archives, extensive interviews with Kissinger, and Indyk’s own interactions with some of the main players, the author takes readers inside the negotiations.

Japan’s Quiet Leadership

by Mireya Solis

Japan’s Quiet Leadership provides a sweeping look at Japan’s domestic economic and political evolution, its economic statecraft, and the array of geopolitical challenges that have triggered a gradual but substantial shift in the country’s security profile.

Indo-Pacific Empire: China, America and the contest for the world’s pivotal region

by Rory Medcalf

Written by a globally renowned expert, Indo-Pacific Empire is the definitive guide to tensions in the region. It deftly weaves together history, geopolitics, cartography, military strategy, economics, games, and propaganda to address a vital question: how can China’s dominance be prevented without war?

India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present

by Shivshankar Menon

Examining India’s own policy choices throughout its history, Menon focuses in particular on India’s responses to the rise of China, as well as other regional powers.

Contest for the Indo-Pacific: Why China Won’t Map the Future

by Rory Medcalf

The Indo-Pacific is both a place and an idea. It is the region central to global prosperity and security. It is also a metaphor for collective action. If diplomacy fails, it will be the theatre of the first general war since 1945. But if its future can be secured, the Indo-Pacific will flourish as a shared space, the centre of gravity in a connected world.

Asia’s New Geopolitics: Military Power and Regional Order

by Desmond Ball, Lucie Béraud-Sudreau, Tim Huxley, and C. Raja Mohan

Intensifying geopolitical rivalries, rising defense spending and the proliferation of the latest military technology across Asia suggest that the region is set for a prolonged period of strategic contestation.


The Last Admiral

by Thoai Hovanky

Rear Admiral Thoai Hovanky (RVN Navy, retired) navigates us from his early life in French-occupied Vietnam through the fiery path that led to hard-earned wisdom and respect from two nations.

The Fall and Rise of French Sea Power

by Hugues Canuel

France’s Quest for an Independent Naval Policy, 1940-1963.

Mao’s Army Goes to Sea: The Island Campaigns and the Founding of China’s Navy

by Toshi Yoshihara

Mao’s Army Goes to Sea is a ground-breaking history of the founding of the Chinese navy and Communist China’s earliest island-seizing campaigns.

A Brief History of Vietnam: Colonialism, War and Renewal

by Bill Hayton

A Brief History of Vietnam explores the turbulent history of a land that has risen from the ashes of war to become the newest Asian tiger economy.


Asian Territorial and Maritime Disputes: A Critical Introduction

by Moises de Souza, Gregory Coutaz, and Dean Karalekas

This volume is designed to be a practical, yet critical, introduction to the main maritime and territorial disputes in the Indo-Pacific region. With a team of contributors made up of both senior and early-career scholars, diplomats, and legal specialists, the book provides a wide range of insights that go beyond what is provided in the media.

Dispatches from the South China Sea: Navigating to Common Ground

by James Borton

This book’s blend of participatory research and field reportage paves the way for a transformation of policy and provides a basis for the eventual resolution of some of today’s major maritime conflicts.

On Dangerous Ground: America’s Century in the South China Sea

by Gregory Poling

The author’s sweeping and comprehensive understanding of American policy offers insightful understanding of all the various claimant nations issues in the contested waters since the nineteenth century.

Raging Waters in the South China Sea

by Rachel A. Winston and Ishika Sachdeva

In this book the two authors succinctly offer analysis on what’s at stake in this region and graphically document the region with charts, graphs and maps.


President’s Papers: The Future of Philippine Warfare, Vol. 1

by Arturo Enrile Avenue and Emilio Aguinaldo

This paper attempts to explain the PA’s thesis by discussing the evolution of warfare in Philippine military history, current threats to the land force, and the PA’s current capability and force structure, before briefly concluding with a fair assessment of the PA’s readiness in facing hybrid threats

Security Studies in a New Era of Maritime Competition

by Jonathan D. Caverley

This book presents a research agenda using a variety of methods to explore this unique competitive environment for China and the United States.

Seapower: A Guide for the Twenty-First Century

by Gregory Till

This book investigates the consequences of all this for the developing nature, composition and functions of all the world’s significant navies, and provides a guide for anyone interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the twenty-first century.

Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security

by Joachim Krause

This handbook provides a much-desired addition to the literature for researchers and analysts in the social sciences on the relationship between security policy and military means on, under, and from the sea. It comprehensively explains the state of naval security.

Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China

by Marites Danguilan Vitug

Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China presents a comprehensive account of the epic legal success of the Philippines’ territorial claim over that of China.

Overseas Bases and US Strategy: Optimising America’s Military Footprint

by Jonathan Stevenson

In this Adelphi book, Jonathan Stevenson argues that this desire does not necessarily translate into sound strategy. Overseas bases are a key element of the reassurance required to resurrect and bolster America’s reputation among its allies and adversaries.

The New Age of Naval Power in the Indo-Pacific: Strategy, Order, and Regional Security

by Catherine L. Grant, et al.

The New Age of Naval Power in the Indo-Pacific provides an original framework in which five “factors of influence” explain how and why naval power matters in this pivotal part of the world.

Maritime Strategy and Sea Denial

by Milan Vego

This book focuses on the theory and practice of maritime strategy and operations by the weaker powers at sea.

Maritime Gray Zone Operations

by Andrew S. Erickson

This book addresses the issues raised by Chinese and North Korean maritime ‘gray zone’ activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Japanese Maritime Security and Law of the Sea

by Yurika Ishii

Japanese Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea examines Japan’s domestic laws and its approach to international law.

Japan’s Ocean Borderlands: Nature and Sovereignty

by Paul Kreitman

This study examines how interactions between birds, bird products, bureaucrats, speculators, sailors, soldiers, scientists and conservationists shaped ongoing claims to sovereignty over oceanic spaces.

China’s Strategic Seapower: The Politics of Force Modernization in the Nuclear Age

by John Wilson Lewis

Using major new documentary sources, this book tells the story of why and how China built its nuclear submarine flotilla and the impact of that development on the nation’s politics, technology, industry, and strategy.

China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations

by Andrew S. Erickson and Ryan D. Martinson

The book covers China’s major maritime forces beyond core gray-hulled Navy units, with particular focus on China’s second and third sea forces.

China’s Law of the Sea: The New Rules of Maritime Order

by Isaac B. Kardon

China’s Law of the Sea is the first comprehensive study of the law and geopolitics of China’s maritime disputes. It provides a rigorous empirical account of whether and how China is changing “the rules” of international order—specifically, the international law of the sea.

Encounters and Escalation in the Indo-Pacific

edited by Oriana Skylar Mastro

Through case studies on Australia, India, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam, this report aims to understand the PLA’s strategic calculus on escalation, assessing the potential for conflict in the region and exploring shared threat perceptions, regional responses, and implications for deterrence.

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