If democratic powers leverage their bilateral and trilateral partnerships to generate progress toward such a concert of democracies, the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific may be achievable in the years ahead.
Brahma Chellaney, a longstanding contributor to The Japan Times, is a geostrategist and the author of "Asian Juggernaut" (Harper, 2010) and "Water: Asia’s New Battlefield" (Georgetown University Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Bernard Schwartz Award. He is professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi.
For Brahma Chellaney's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
International law today is powerful against the powerless, and powerless against the powerful.
In Japan's view, India's participation in the RCEP is crucial to prevent it from becoming a China-led trade block.
A proliferation of upstream dams is beginning to impose costs across much of Asia.
The United States has allowed Chinese expansionism in Asia to continue virtually unimpeded.
Until China and Pakistan stop trying to undermine its territorial sovereignty in Jammu and Kashmir, India will have little choice but to take steps to protect itself.
Today, with the specter of Asian power disequilibrium looming, the China factor has gained greater salience in the equations between and among the major Indo-Pacific powers.
As droughts become more frequent and severe, China's dam network gives it increasing leverage over downriver countries.
The Trump administration is ready to sacrifice the security interests of America's regional allies as long as Kim does not test any capability that threatens American security.
Guaranteeing the freedom to navigate the stars has become no less essential to global peace than safeguarding the freedom to navigate the seas.