Indo-Asia-Pacific View

Admiral

Harry B. Harris, Jr. Admiral, USN U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND

Dear Readers,

Welcome to Indo-Asia-Pacific Defense FORUM’s third-quarter edition for 2017, which highlights strategic interests in the region.

The current state of shifting global dynamics reinforces the need for nations to leverage complementary interests to enhance economic stability, better share resources, and increase regional and global security for the long term. By aligning regional and transregional strategic interests, nations can propel cooperation and security.

This issue sheds light on the need for continued and increased security cooperation by examining the counterterrorism tactics of nations anticipating the return of foreign fighters associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Governments across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region have gotten ahead of the security challenge by identifying vulnerabilities and creating policies that address the threat.

Economic, political and military power shifts across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region have the potential to simultaneously drive much-needed cooperation and produce unwanted conflict. However, by creating strong military alliances and partnerships, nations can reduce friction and ensure long-term regional stability.

The Royal New Zealand Navy provides examples of such successful collaboration in this edition of FORUM by demonstrating how it overcomes geographic challenges and forges partnerships with like-minded allies to maintain not only regional, but also global, stability.

Global defense and geopolitical concerns in the Indo-Asia-Pacific increasingly result in the evolution of relationships essential for stability. Cooperating on strategic interests can yield mutually beneficial relationships between two or more parties. Evolving threats allow for new opportunities for synergy.

I hope you find this edition insightful and thought-provoking, and I welcome your comments. Please contact the FORUM staff at iapdf@iapdforum.com with your perspectives.

I hope that you find this edition insightful and thought-provoking, and I welcome your comments. Please contact the FORUM staff at iapdf@iapdforum.com with your perspectives.

All the best,

HarryHarrisSigHarry B. Harris, Jr.

Admiral, USN

Commander, U.S. Pacific Command