“Maritime Security in East and Southeast Asia – Political Challenges in Asian Waters” is an edited book by Nicholas Tarling and Xin Chen, published in 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. It contains eight articles, written by prominent scholars and university professors based in Southeast Asia.
There are misty clouds of doubts and misperceptions surrounding the waters of South East Asia. Despite being home to some of the world’s most strategic Sea Lanes of Communications (SLOCs), not much is known about the complexities and concerns of the region. The Malacca and Singapore Straits, for example, is arguably the busiest international waterway, with more than one-third of the global trade and half of the world’s energy traversing them annually. Yet with the rival claimant countries rapidly improving their naval and coast guard capabilities and with surging nationalism in their domestic politics, there are increasing discussions about the risk that the maritime disputes will lead to military clashes in the Asian waters.