Accession Number : ADA483611


Title :   Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines Security Cooperation in the Celebes Sea


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Caceres-Solari, Andres H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a483611.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 83


Abstract : In this thesis, I explore the challenges to and reasons for the current limited trilateral security cooperation among Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines in the Celebes Sea. The study analyzes historical and current events among these countries and relations between them and extra-regional powers. In particular, it examines their unilateral and bilateral policies, their domestic political constraints, and the status of their respective militaries and domestic law enforcement institutions. These nations have been successful in establishing tri-national agreements among each other to enhance security cooperation in the Celebes Sea, however these have lacked sufficient scope and depth to address the current terrorist and piracy threats in the Celebes Sea region. The author finds that this lack of security cooperation is mainly due to these nations' historical mistrust of each other's national interests, domestic political challenges and limited force projection and interagency capabilities. In this thesis, he makes recommendations for U.S. policy and theater engagement planning with these nations.


Descriptors :   *CONFLICT , *SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN , *MALAYSIA , *SECURITY , *INDONESIA , *THREATS , *PHILIPPINES , *COOPERATION , AGREEMENTS , INTERNATIONAL TRADE , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , LAW ENFORCEMENT , TERRORISM , RELIGION , CRIMES , BORNEO , SECTARIAN VIOLENCE , ETHNIC GROUPS , HISTORY , JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , THESES , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , BORDER SECURITY , FOREIGN POLICY , COASTAL REGIONS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE