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Ocean horizons: Strengthening maritime security in Indo-Pacific island states

Speakers Anthony Bergin, David Brewster, Aakriti Bachhawat and Michael Shoebridge

ASPI is delighted to invite you to attend the launch of our upcoming report ‘Ocean horizons – Strengthening maritime security in Indo-Pacific island states’. The report will be launched by report authors Anthony Bergin, David Brewster and Aakriti Bachhawat.

The report examines how Pacific island countries (PICs) and Indian Ocean island states (IO island states) are managing and prioritising their maritime security challenges. These islands, which we call the ‘Indo-Pacific island states’, face an intricate offshore tapestry.

In particular, this report suggests that most of the maritime threats and risks facing the Indo-Pacific island states are increasing. That’s in part because of the general lack of effective maritime security identified in this report.

The report describes the current geopolitical environment of the Indo-Pacific island states and how we should understand maritime security in the context of island states. It examines the core maritime security concerns of the PICs and IO island states and considers points of commonality and divergence in island state perspectives on maritime security and major-power competition. The report provides key recommendations for Indo-Pacific island states and for countries, such as Australia and its partners, that wish to more effectively engage with the island states on maritime security.

A drinks and canapes reception will conclude the event.


Anthony Bergin

Dr Bergin is a senior fellow with ASPI. 

For 20 years Dr Bergin served as an academic at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

David Brewster

Dr David Brewster is a Senior Research Fellow with the National Security College, Australian National University, where he works on maritime affairs and security in th

Aakriti Bachhawat

Aakriti holds a dual master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy from the Australian National University.

Michael Shoebridge

Michael Shoebridge is the Director of ASPI’s Defence, Strategy and National Security program.