Maritime power in the western pacific : a review

Event details

Public Lecture

Date & time

Monday 14 October 2013


Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU


Geoffrey Till, Emeritus Professor of Maritime Studies at King’s College London


Kerrie Hogan
+61 2 6125 2167
The trends affecting the global development of maritime power are especially evident in the Western Pacific and will shape the future of the Indo-Pacific region. Torn between the challenges of traditional and non-traditional concepts of maritime power, often constrained by limited budgets, while facing expanding commitments and unknowable technological trends the region's navies are making choices that both reflect and determine the evolving security architecture of the region. The South and East China Seas are at the very epicentre of these developments.

About the speaker:

Geoffrey Till is Emeritus Professor of Maritime Studies at King's College London Chairman of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies. Since 2009 he has also been a Visiting Professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. He is also Adjunct Research Professor at the National Institute for the Study of the South China Sea, Haikou, Hainan, China. In addition to many articles and chapters on various aspects of maritime strategy and policy defence, he is the author of a number of books. His most recent are Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century, a third expanded edition of which appeared in January 2013 for Routledge. He edited, with Patrick Bratton,The Triumph of Neptune ?: Seapower and the Asia-Pacific: Adjusting to New Realities and an Adelphi Book for the IISS Naval Expansion in Asia : An Arms Race in the Making ? Both also published by Routledge. With Jane Chan, he is editing Naval Modernisation in South-East Asia: Nature, Causes and Consequences. This will also appear in 2013. He is currently completing a study of naval operations since Trafalgar for ABC-Clio.

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