What’s Behind the First India-Singapore-Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise?

What’s Behind the First India-Singapore-Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise?

This week, India finally hosted a trilateral maritime exercise that it had been mulling with Singapore and Thailand. As the exercise continues to be held through this week, it deserves attention both on its own terms as well as within the context of broader trends in the Indo-Pacific region. As I have noted before in these pages and elsewhere, as India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expanded its ties…

How Does the Indo-Pacific Defense Chiefs Conference Fit into Asia’s Security Landscape?

How Does the Indo-Pacific Defense Chiefs Conference Fit into Asia’s Security Landscape?

Last week, the United States and other select Indo-Pacific countries held another iteration of the Indo-Pacific Chief of Defense conference in the Thai capital of Bangkok. The engagement spotlighted the evolution of the institution within the wider U.S. approach to defense policy in Asia-Pacific under the new U.S. Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy. Over the years, the United States has held and supported various defense dialogues and consultations as part…

What’s Behind the Rising US-Southeast Asia Coast Guard Cooperation?

What’s Behind the Rising US-Southeast Asia Coast Guard Cooperation?

Over the past few weeks, we have seen a number of engagements between the coast guards of the United States and Southeast Asian states. While these interactions themselves may not attract many headlines in and of themselves, they deserve mention as part of a broader trend of increasing collaboration between the United States and the coast guards and maritime law enforcement agencies of Southeast Asian countries as part of Washington’s…