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The Proposal for an Indo-Pacific Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation: a Critical Reassessment

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Ram, Vignesh

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Abstract The emergence of the Indo-Pacific construct brings about interesting avenues for cooperation among states in the region. Characterised by the intertwining geographies of the Indian and the Pacific Oceans, the Indo-Pacific region is home to some of the most diverse peoples and economies in the world. In a speech delivered at the CSIS, Washington in 2013, the former Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegwa outlined the need for an "Indo-Pacific Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation". In efforts to continue to address the prospects and challenges for a treaty among the major powers in the Indo-Pacific region, the article argues that a treaty would be necessary step and but should be concluded when sufficient groundwork for it is concluded. The article also argues that, the Indo-pacific concept would be best addressed if there is increased institutionalization of the concept and increased cooperation among middle powers such as India, Indonesia and Australia.
Keywords Pacific Rim; Indian Ocean; willingness to cooperate; regional development; security; India; Indonesia; Australia; ASEAN; international agreement; international cooperation; institutionalization; geopolitics; Far East; South Asia
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 22-31
Journal Journal of ASEAN Studies, 3 (2015) 1
ISSN 2338-1353
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial