GEOPOLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE INDO-PACIFIC CONCEPT: POWER SHIFTS, ALLIANCES, AND SECURITY ARCHITECTURE

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Izhar Ahmad Bacha
Asaad Khiyam
Muhammad Abdur Rahim Shah

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Since the beginning of the second decade in the 21st century, the Indo-Pacific region is in extreme limelight due to reshaping international politics. China is rising as a potential hegemon in the region, and the US is already considering China as a threat. China is bidding for regional hegemony in the Indo-Pacific region, and many states in the area are already facing security dilemmas. There are at least three dominant features forecasting in the region’s geopolitical outlook; the rise of China as a regional hegemon, the US self-image as a sole surviving super power in Pacific, and the regional states adopting a “balance of threat”. This diverse nature of regional politics is shaping a new security architecture and ever new security alliances are emerging in the region. The present study applies a thematic analysis methodology of the collected qualitative data, and attempts to explore the pitfalls associated with the Indo-Pacific region politics in the paradigm of “Power Transition Theory”. It suggests that the increasing power of China and reciprocal measures from the US (internal & external balancing) can consequently lead to regional instability.

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Izhar Ahmad Bacha, Asaad Khiyam, & Muhammad Abdur Rahim Shah. (2024). GEOPOLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE INDO-PACIFIC CONCEPT: POWER SHIFTS, ALLIANCES, AND SECURITY ARCHITECTURE. International Journal of Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences .ISSN (E) 2959-2461 (P) 2959-3808, 3(2), 1146–1155. Retrieved from http://ijciss.org/index.php/ijciss/article/view/746
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