Southeast Asia Takes ‘Mini-Lateral’ Approach to Maritime Security

Southeast Asia Takes ‘Mini-Lateral’ Approach to Maritime Security
Politcal and military leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines before the start of their trilateral meeting on maritime security issues, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 5, 2016 (AP photo by Rana Dyandra).

Last month, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines agreed to begin coordinated patrols to improve maritime security after an increase in kidnappings at sea by the Filipino militant group Abu Sayyaf. In an email interview, Collin Koh, a research fellow at the Maritime Security Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, discussed maritime security cooperation in Southeast Asia. WPR: How extensive is maritime security cooperation among Southeast Asian nations, and what efforts are underway to expand cooperation? Collin Koh: Maritime security cooperation among Southeast Asian countries remains primarily bilateral, which makes sense since countries in the region […]

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