As part of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies 25th Anniversary, the Center has produced this publication, “Hindsight, Insight, Foresight: Thinking about Security in the Indo-Pacific”
Edited by Dr. Alexander Vuving, he stated that:
"When I was designing our Advanced Security Cooperation course, which looks at security in a comprehensive way and in ways that are most relevant to the security practitioners in the Indo-Pacific region, I was searching for a book that would discuss the big picture and the major dynamics of regional security. My dream was a book that would provide both an overview of the strategic landscape and insights into the deep currents that shape this landscape. But I didn’t find a good one for our Fellows
"Now with this book, my dream comes true, he said. “Even more, this book provides not just hindsight and insight but also foresight. As we wrote its chapters about security issues in the region, the authors were asked to live up to the title of the book of Hindsight, Insight, Foresight: Thinking about Security in the Indo-Pacific."
The book’s 21 chapters written by current and past faculty team members, address a full spectrum of topics ranging from:
the rise of China
strategic competition among the great powers
the nexus between security and technology
the quest of individuals and groups and nations for resources, rights, power, and places in the international system
the question of war and peace
the architecture of regional security
to issues of governance in response to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
These 21 chapters are organized in three parts. The book is designed to help readers understand the big picture in Part I, comprehend the changing faces of regional security in Part II, and grasp the local dynamics of regional security in Part III.
The Reader will find:
why Chinese philosophy can help us understand the strategic behavior of China;
how a cycle of tightening and relaxing can help us decipher the future of Chinese politics;
in what ways the strategic competition between China and the United States is similar to, and in what ways it is different from, the previous contests among great powers throughout history;
how the competition among the region’s great and middle powers unfold in the maritime domain, through the use of fishing fleets as well as under the water with submarines.
The book also provides hindsight, insight, and foresight on various issues like terrorism, nuclear weapons, and China’s One Belt One Road initiative in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Northeast Asia.
A major topic in security studies involves the phenomenon of violence. True to its comprehensive character, this book discusses not only violence by war and extremists, but it also dedicates more than one chapter on societal violence, structural violence, and mob violence. Issues that are very relevant today.