Rise of the White Hulls! – The Growing Prominence of Coast Guards in Southeast Asian Security

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Rise of the White Hulls! – The Growing Prominence of Coast Guards in Southeast Asian Security

April 18, 2019 , 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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The next YCAPS-JUMP seminar will look at the growing prominence of coast guards in the security of Southeast Asia. Guest speaker LCDR Jay Tristan Tarriela, Philippine Coast Guard, is currently a PhD student at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan. The event will be held on April 18 in Fussa, Tokyo, near Yokota Air Base.

By the turn of the twenty-first century, coast guard organizations in Southeast Asia have been emerging as the new maritime constabulary force. Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam have established or improved their respective coast guard organizations independent of the navy. The mandates of these agencies are not limited to maritime security and law enforcement, but also includes maritime safety and marine environmental protection. While there appears to be some regional momentum behind the creation of coast guards in each country, it is worthy to note that the geographic location of these countries coincides with the Japanese sea trade route starting from the South China Sea to the Malacca Strait.

Given that these countries have existing naval forces, LCDR Tarriel poses the question: Why are coast guard organizations being developed in Southeast Asia? How did Japan influence these sovereign-sensitive countries to create and develop their coast guard organizations? In employing historical narrative, LCDR’s findings note that Japan causes the development of coast guard in Southeast Asia. Due to their pacifist constitution, their hands are tied to deploying gray ships in protecting their national interest. The utilization of the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) in 1968 for maritime safety-related projects in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) became the starting point for Tokyo to use its white hulls in ensuring the safety of its shipping lanes. The non-provocative image of JCG buttressed by its significant contribution in addressing navigational safety in SOMS has changed the perception of Southeast Asian towards Japan. Since then JCG’s functions have evolved; pressed by international incidents and other maritime concerns like the oil spill, piracy/sea armed robbery, and eventually the assertive behavior of China. These events have defined the phases of maritime cooperation of the JCG in the region, starting from maritime safety, the marine environmental protection, to maritime law enforcement, and finally maritime security.

Speaker:

LCDR Jay Tristan Tarriela: LCDR Tarriela, Philippine Coast Guard, is currently a PhD student at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan. Previously, he was assigned at the national headquarters in Manila, and performed numerous functions in different capacities, including those that involved human resources, agency budget deliberations, maritime security capability, and restructuring reforms. He attended numerous military and coast guard trainings, locally and abroad. He holds a graduate degree from the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Graduate School, and a Master of Policy Studies from GRIPS, and the Japan Coast Guard Academy where he was part of the inaugural class of the Maritime Safety and Security Program launched jointly by both institutions in 2016.

Time: 6 p.m. (reception), 7 p.m. (seminar), April 18, 2019

Cost: Free of charge

Location: Fussa Citizen’s Hall (福生市民会館),
3rd Floor, Room #3

The Fussa Citizen’s Hall is a 6 min walk from Ushihama station (Chuo/Ome line) or free parking in the large covered garage near the corner of Route 16 and the Yokota Supply Gate. Transportation from Yokosuka will be provided for those who contact info@ycaps.org before April 11.

RSVP: Please register on Facebook or RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP is not required, but helpful for organizers.

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