Shaping of the U.S. Regional Security Framework in the Indo-Pacific Region in 2012-2020

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Occupation: Assistant Professor, Department of theory and history of international relations
Affiliation: RUDN University
Address: 6, Miklukho-Maklaya str., Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation
Occupation: Assistant Professor, Department of theory and history of international relations
Affiliation: RUDN University
Address: 6, Miklukho-Maklaya str., Moscow, 117198
Occupation: Applicant at the Department of theory and history of international relations
Affiliation: RUDN University
Address: 6, Miklukho-Maklaya str., Moscow, 117198
Journal nameProblemy Dalnego Vostoka
EditionIssue 1

This article examines the transformation of the US approaches to the implementation of foreign policy in Indo-Pacific region. It is noteworthy that with the change in the approaches of the US leadership to the structuring of the regional subsystem through the creation and maintenance of allied relations with a number of states in the region, the goal remains unchanged — ensuring security in the region while maintaining US leadership. At the present stage, the implementation of this goal is hindered by the growing influence of China in the Indo-Pacific region.

The authors of the article focused on identifying criteria that allow assessing the current situation in the region and the effectiveness of existing cooperation between the United States and the countries of the Indo-Pacific region within the framework of organizations and agreements. The research was conducted on the basis of an analysis of the behaviour of some regional players who have agreements with the United States and position themselves as their allies. The criteria for the study were the following aspects: participation in military exercises, the deployment of military bases, signed defence agreements, the availability of information exchange in the field of military technology, the presence of nuclear weapons, the absence of territorial claims at sea and participation in shipping operations. The authors analysed national documents, according to them it was possible to characterize the attitude of countries to the United States, China, as well as to identify the point of view of regional players on the security architecture in Indo-Pacific region and threats significant for the stability of this structure. The study proposed by the authors makes it possible to study the problems of ensuring security in the region, to identify the peculiarities of US policy in the studied space, to determine the tools of the United States to maintain its positions in Indo-Pacific region, as well as to assess the readiness of the allied countries to confront China together with the United States. In conclusion, the authors assess the effectiveness of the transformation of the US-centered regional security system in Indo-Pacific region.

KeywordsUSA, China, AUKUS, regional security, FONOP
AcknowledgmentThe reported study was funded by RFBR within research project № 20-514-93003 “Russia and China in the global political space: harmonization of national interests in global governance”.
Publication date16.02.2022
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