Indo-Pacific Interactive Map

This interactive tool helps visualise the activities of countries refocusing their attention and priorities towards the Indo-Pacific.




There is a growing interest in the Indo-Pacific, not just as a concept but also as a strategic arena for cooperation and competition. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the region as the crucible for many of the most pressing global challenges.

Japan, the US, France, Germany and the Netherlands have already released strategies and policy guidelines on the region. ASEAN has published a regional Outlook, while the UK has outlined an Indo-Pacific Framework as part of its Integrated Review. Others, like Australia and India, have outlined their positions and strategies on the region through various policy documents and statements.

Despite its significance in economic, political and military terms, there is little agreement between interested actors on where exactly the boundaries of the Indo-Pacific lie. There is also little understanding of the level of engagement by these countries in the region. This interactive map seeks to change that.

Aims and objectives

The objective of this map is to offer a unique interactive visual experience for policymakers, business, media, academics and the interested public to navigate the interests, assets and activities of key players in the Indo-Pacific.

In its first iteration, the activities of the UK have been mapped across the Indo-Pacific. More will follow.

As there is no definitive geography of the region as a baseline, this interactive tool maps activities in all the littoral countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the interconnected seas, as well as all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Where required, the map will expand to include countries specifically noted in Indo-Pacific strategies and policy documents.

The interactive tool helps visualise engagement in the region across seven indicators:

  • Bilateral diplomatic relations;
  • Economic relations;
  • Defence and security relations;
  • Research, education and people;
  • Aid and development;
  • Multilateral organisations.

 

The map does not attribute a normative value to any of these engagements. Rather, it seeks to showcase the extent of engagement in the region. All data is collected from open sources, with links provided for each data point.

Any corrections, comments or additions are welcomed as we seek to map out the Indo-Pacific.