Integrated Deterrence in the Asia-Pacific: Exploring Medium Power Strategic Autonomy


  • Komal Khan Research Officer, SVI
  • Sher Bano Research officer, SVI



Integrated Deterrence, Asia-Pacific, Medium Power, Strategic Autonomy, Deterrence by Denial


The study analyses the potential for strategic autonomy of the alliances and like-minded partners of the US and China with an emphasis on Japan and Australia as significant proximate states in addition to India and Pakistan from traditional Rimland states. The competing great powers construction of networked-security theatres under the balance of influence mechanisms fix medium powers as crucial stakeholders in the contested maritime theatres. Through this security networking, integrated deterrence is being achieved by conventional and non-conventional strategic technology exchange while retaining the policy of denial for nuclear acquisition. Therefore, it is important for the regional states to investigate the long-term impact of integrated deterrence in the form of potential medium power autonomy emanating from strengthened regional deterrence structures in the Asia-Pacific. That will in turn provide an idea about the extent to which these medium powers will be allowed to and can claim strategic autonomy in the emerging multi-polar order.

JSSA Vol 9, No 2




How to Cite

Khan, Komal, and Sher Bano. 2024. “Integrated Deterrence in the Asia-Pacific: Exploring Medium Power Strategic Autonomy”. Journal of Security &Amp; Strategic Analyses 9 (2):05-22.