The Big Picture

Sailing Into the Unknown?

Implicit in the Western "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific -– and now to the "Indo-Pacific” – region is a recognition that future great-power conflicts will most likely occur at sea. Come what may, the existing maritime rules and arrangements, which have long provided stability to the region, are likely to be challenged in new ways.

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