About On Track

ON TRACK is the official journal of the CDA Institute. Through its pages, the CDA Institute promotes informed public debate on security and defence issues and the vital role played by the Canadian Armed forces in society. ON TRACK facilitates this educational mandate by featuring a range of articles that explore security, defence, and strategic issues that may have an impact on the Canadian strategic interests and on the safety of its citizens. The views expressed in ON TRACK are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the CDA Institute.

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FROM THE EDITORS

The Editors invite submissions of unpublished manuscripts on all topics related to the Canadian Armed Forces, Canada’s security and defence policy, and international security more broadly. Publication in ON TRACK is at the discretion of the Editors.

Submissions should be 2,000 words maximum and be sent in electronic format to Ms. Leah West, LLM, JD and Dr Robert Martyn at submissions@cdainstitute.ca.

For any other inquiries please contact the Executive Director Dr. Youri Cormier.

 

Volume 24 – Summer 2019

REGIONAL SECURITY GOVERNANCE IN THE INDO-PACIFIC: CRITICAL PROBLEMS AND LONG-TERM PROSPECTS

Author Sorpong Peou

The idea of the Indo-Pacific as a region rests on the assumption that a group of states develop an identity as members because of their geographical proximity and a degree of cultural, economic, political, and organizational cohesiveness.[i] Based on this understanding, there are several factors that lead to read more...

SECURING THE “STATUS QUO”: THE CONTRIBUTION OF TAIWAN TO PEACE IN THE INDO-PACIFIC

Author Dr. Scott Simon

The ocean frontiers of the Indo-Pacific region have become among the most dangerous waters of the world. On September 30, 2018, Chinese destroyer PRC170 challenged the USS Decatur in a standard Freedom of Navigation (FON) operation near Gaven Reef in the South China Sea. Normally, this area is considered low risk because Gaven Reef is neither an island nor read more...

ROUGH WATERS AHEAD? SETTING A COURSE FOR CANADA’S AUGMENTING MILITARY RELATIONS AND OPERATIONS IN THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION

Author Adam P. Macdonald

In an era of renewed major power competition, the maintenance of this approach can be questioned given the susceptibility of the Indo-Pacific region becoming a more contested space, particularly between China and the United States (US). Considering regional power reconfigurations, and their importance within the wider international landscape, does Canada need read more...

CANADIAN ENERGY LEADERSHIP IN THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION

Author Robert M. Cutler

One of the most striking developments since the end of the bipolar Cold War system nearly 30 years ago is that littoral basins such as the Caspian Sea, Black Sea, South China Sea and others have become central to questions of international peace and conflict. The concept of the “Indo-Pacific” links the regional-system level of policy analysis with the global-system level. Different conceptualizations of this have yielded different perspectives. For example, the “Pacific Rim” idea conjures the set of all states having a coast on the Pacific Ocean, whether in Asia or  read more...

TRUMP AND THE STRUGGLE FOR THE INDO-PACIFIC: RHIZOMATIC POWER POLITICS AND COMPETING VISIONS FOR A 21ST CENTURY REGIONAL SECURITY ARCHITECTURE

Author Richard Javad Heydarian

Reflecting on the future of the global order, the late Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew warned that the rise of China is so consequential that it will not only require tactical adjustment by its neighbors, but also an overhaul in the global security architecture. [i] As the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told the author: “The world has always read more…

INDO-PACIFIC OCEAN FISHERIES ARE CRUCIAL FOR THE PEACE AND SECURITY OF THE REGION AND THE WORLD

Author Rashid Sumaila

The Indo-Pacific is made up of regions from the west coast of Canada and the U.S. to the Persian Gulf, including Japan, North and South Korea, Australia, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and China, India and other South Asian countries in the Indian Ocean Rim region. It is therefore home to many important ocean and fisheries countries, and some of the world’s biggest fishing grounds such as the South China Sea (SCS) and East China Sea (ECS). For the countries of the Indo-Pacific region, ocean fisheries provide gainful employment  read more...

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