The maritime environment in East Asia contains both promise and peril. The Indo-Pacific region is host to some of the world’s most important shipping lanes, facilitates huge volumes of regional trade, and boasts abundant natural resources. Competing territorial claims, incidents between neighboring countries, and increasing militarization, however, raise the possibility that an isolated event at sea could become a geopolitical catastrophe. This is all occurring against a backdrop of relative opaqueness. Geography makes it difficult to monitor events as they occur, and there is no public, reliable authority for information on maritime developments.
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative seeks to change this. AMTI was conceived of and designed by CSIS. It is an interactive, regularly-updated source for information, analysis, and policy exchange on maritime security issues in Asia. AMTI aims to promote transparency in the Indo-Pacific to dissuade assertive behavior and conflict and generate opportunities for cooperation and confidence building. Because AMTI aims to provide an objective platform for exchange, AMTI and CSIS take no position on territorial or maritime claims.
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Event by Whitley Saumweber , Rod Schoonover , Dr. Kelly Kryc , Dr. Maxine Burkett , and Rear Admiral Jo-Ann F. Burdian — January 18, 2023
Blog Post — September 12, 2022
Report by Gregory B. Poling , Harrison Prétat , Tabitha Grace Mallory , and Center for Advanced Defense Studies — November 18, 2021
Event by Huong Le Thu , Gregory B. Poling , Pooja Bhatt , Tetsuo Kotani , and Alessio Patalano — October 8, 2021
Event by Gregory B. Poling , Bich T. Tran , Blake Herzinger , and Michael Dahm — September 23, 2021
Report by Danielle Fallin , Gregory B. Poling , Amanda Ingram , and Simon Tran Hudes — September 10, 2021
Event by Gregory B. Poling , Whitley Saumweber , John Edgar , Laura David , Jurgenne Primavera , John McManus , Amanda Hsiao , and Jay Batongbacal — June 21, 2021
Event by Gregory B. Poling , Whitley Saumweber , Secretary Roy Cimatu , Deo Onda , Sandra Whitehouse , Dini Trisyanti , Antonio Carpio , Tara Davenport , Xiao Recio-Blanco , and Jay Batongbacal — June 14, 2021
Event by Gregory B. Poling , John Law , Gloria Ramos , Kent Carpenter , Mudjekeewis Santos , Laura David , Christopher Merritt , Xylee Paculba , and Nick Lambert — June 7, 2021
Commentary by Gregory B. Poling — March 1, 2021