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Integrated Maritime Security Cooperation in South-East Asia

April 4 from 15:30 - 17:00 BMT

CPG event series on peace and security in Asia 


“Integrated Maritime Security Cooperation in South-East Asia


April 4, 2024, 3:30-5:00 pm ICT (GMT+7)

Room 321, 3rd Floor, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University (Tha Prachan Campus),

Bangkok, Thailand


hosted by the CPG’s Peace & Security Center (CPSC)

in cooperation with the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF)


Concept note

Maritime security was first raised as a key concern at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), where there was a call for more comprehensive maritime security guidelines. Subsequently, the Bali Agreement II in 2003 addressed maritime security as a broader issue for ASEAN, leading to the establishment of the ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF) and the Enhanced ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF) in 2012. Regional cooperation began to take shape with initiatives such as Eyes in the Sky, part of the Malacca Straits Security Initiative. Other regional partners continued to contribute to the effort, with Japan contributing to the 2006 Regional Agreement on Cooperation Against Armed Piracy. 

While the stage seems set for a more networked and integrated approach, there is still uncertainty as to how this will translate into broader security concerns such as China’s incursions into the EEZs of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines, or how to deter Chinese domination of the region and prevent violent destabilization such as an invasion of Taiwan, among others. 

As all of this creates security dilemmas for Southeast Asian states, it raises questions about enhanced regional security cooperation and, by extension, the guarantees associated with broader partnerships. If local actors are to avoid overt dependence on the US, they will be forced to seek closer alliances among themselves and in the near neighborhood, such as with India and Japan. 

Against this backdrop, Jan Asmussen will present the findings of a recently conducted study that focuses on maritime strategic thinking in ASEAN states. Based on analysis of strategy documents and interviews with local experts, politicians, and military officers, it will show how far naval cooperation has developed. The lecture will highlight the long road ahead for integrated maritime security between ASEAN states and beyond. 





Prof. Dr. Jan Asmussen is a political scientist at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Kiel, and the CPG Senior Research Fellow. He is one of the leading German experts on military security, who was formerly a professor at the Faculty of Command and Naval Operations at the Polish Naval Academy. Other research areas include diplomatic history, ethnic conflict, and international security, as well as migration and reconciliation. 



Dr. Duc Quang Ly is the Deputy Head of the CPG Peace & Security Center and Deputy Editor in Chief of the Asia in Review. 



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April 4
15:30 - 17:00 BMT
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