EU-U.S.-China : Cooperation in the Malacca Straits

Gilmartin, Heather

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URL http://edoc.vifapol.de/opus/volltexte/2009/1980/
Dokumentart: Bericht / Forschungsbericht / Abhandlung
Institut: IFSH - Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik
Schriftenreihe: Hamburger Beiträge zur Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik
Bandnummer: 2008, 151
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2008
Publikationsdatum: 16.10.2009
Originalveröffentlichung: http://www.ifsh.de/pdf/publikationen/hb/hb151.pdf (2008)
SWD-Schlagwörter: Malakkastraße , Europäische Union , USA , China , Politik
DDC-Sachgruppe: Politik
BK - Basisklassifikation: 89.71 (Internationale Zusammenarbeit: Allgemeines), 89.70 (Internationale Beziehungen: Allgemeines), 89.90 (Außenpolitik, Internationale Politik), 89.76 (Friedensforschung, Konfliktforschung)
Sondersammelgebiete: 3.6 Politik und Friedensforschung

Kurzfassung auf Englisch:

The Malacca and Singapore Straits are one of the most important maritime chokepoints in the world, linking the dynamic economies in East Asia with the Middle East and Europe. A disruption in the area would devastate trade and destabilize regional security relationships. An intentional distruption, such as a terrorist attack, would have additional psychological consequences that would likely spill over into the economic sphere. This paper assumes the disruption is caused by a terrorist attack in the Straits and uses this scenario to examine the options available for increasing maritime security in the waterway. It specifically looks at the ways three external actors with high stakes in the Straits – the United States, European Union and People’s Republic of China – can contribute to security. All three stakeholders have strong interests in keeping the Straits open and safe for all international maritime traffic. Each would also benefit individually from cooperating with the other external actors. This paper argues that security can best be achieved by the three external actors working together to engage the littoral states in multilateral cooperation. It also discusses the platforms on which such cooperation can be built and how it should be implemented.


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