Capt. SUKJOON YOON is a retired Republic of Korea Navy officer and a research fellow at the Korea Institute for Military Affairs. For this issue of FORUM, he writes about opportunities presented by Australia and South Korea to bolster the naval capabilities of Southeast Asian nations.  

DR. ANDREW S. ERICKSON is a professor of strategy at the U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC’s) China Maritime Studies Institute and an associate in research at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has taught courses at NWC and Yonsei University. He received the NWC’s inaugural Civilian Faculty Research Excellence Award in 2017, among his many awards. A widely published author, he blogs at   

LIZA TOBIN works at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command as a China specialist. She recently published an in-depth article on China’s maritime strategy in the Naval War College Review and an article on the same topic on the War on the Rocks website, which FORUM reprinted for this edition.

CMDR. PINYO RUNGRUENG serves as commander, SEAL Team 2, Naval Special Warfare Group 1, Royal Thai Navy Special Warfare Command. For the past 13 years, he has aided the operations chief of the Thai Navy SEALs by performing operational tasks within the unit. Cmdr. Pinyo holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Naval Academy. He served as operations officer at the Command and Control Center during a mission to rescue 12 soccer youths and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand. He shares insider details about that rescue for this edition of FORUM.