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Eurasia: Indo-Pacific's continental cousin

As great power dynamics change, so too the way we define geographic regions of the world

Geography needs a rethink as the post-war global order breaks down. Renewed great power rivalry is focusing attention on how we define geographic regions and come to terms with the consequences of unfolding power shifts in the world.

Consider, for example, Asean's trouble with the term Indo-Pacific. The concept, initially developed by Japan, has been embraced by Australia and India. If the debate on Indo-Pacific was tentative and unfinished in the Obama administration, President Donald Trump's advisers have made Indo-Pacific an integral part of Washington's new vocabulary.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2019, with the headline 'Eurasia: Indo-Pacific's continental cousin'. Print Edition | Subscribe