Maritime politics and maritime discourse in the Indo/Asia-Pacific
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AbstractThis paper takes geopolitics as discursive practice through which various actors shape international politics to examine discourses of maritime relations, maritime disputes and maritime space across the Indo/Asia-Pacific since around 2010. Maritime space is particularly open to ‘geopolitical’ competition and discursive contestation given the complex and ambiguous relationship of concepts and practices of sovereignty to maritime space, and the multiple ways in which state and non-state actors relate to that space. The paper discusses the consequence of the discursive idea that maritime issues in the region are of ‘strategic importance’, which is used to justify the interest and engagement of both regional and extra-regional powers, and the implications of the increasing use by some actors of the discursive concept of ‘Indo-Pacific’. It then identifies three broad framings or narratives of maritime politics in the Indo/Asia-Pacific: strategic competition, challenge to a ‘rules-based system’, and collaborative governance. This analysis demonstrates a powerful role for discourse in the maritime politics of the Indo/Asia-Pacific, reflecting and revealing the interests of different actors and the way they pursue them. This discursive contestation in maritime politics has emerged at a time of global and regional uncertainty and flux. In this context, the instrumentalisation of different narratives reflects contested searches for order and (in)security by China, the US and other regional powers.
All Author(s) ListTim SUMMERS
Name of ConferenceISA Regional Conference
Start Date of Conference04/07/2019
End Date of Conference06/07/2019
Place of ConferenceSingapore
Country/Region of ConferenceSingapore
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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