Bowers, Ian
DepartmentNorwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Centre for Asian Security Studies
PositionAssociate Professor
Phone+47 23 09 59 03
E-mailibowers@ifs.mil.no

(b. 1979) MA (2001) and PhD (2013) in War Studies from King's College London. Bowers' dissertation was a multi-faceted study of the modernisation of the Republic of Korea Navy. His current research and teaching interests include East Asian security, naval strategy and procurement, South Korean security policy and alliances in Asia. He is currently working on a study of non-traditional naval operations and the future of South Korea–Japan security relations.

 

 

 

FIELDS OF INTEREST

  • East Asian maritime security
  • South Korean defence policy
  • Naval procurement
  • South Korea–Japan relations
  • Alliance politics in Asia
  • Seapower
  • peacekeeping and stability operations

Books/reports/dissertations

  • Bowers, Ian. 2019. The Modernisation of the Republic of Korea Navy: Seapower, Strategy and Politics. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bowers, Ian and Swee Lean Collin Koh, eds. 2019. Grey and White Hulls: An International Analysis of the Navy-Coastguard Nexus. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bowers, Ian and Collin Koh. 2017. Navies, Coast Guards, the Maritime Community and International Stability - Policy Brief. Report, RSIS.
  • Bekkevold, Jo Inge, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska, ed. 2015. Security, Strategy and Military change in the 21st Century: Cross-Regional Perspectives. Routledge.

Parts of books/reports

  • Bowers, Ian. 2017. "Exploiting the Water: Naval Involvement in UN Peacekeeping - Prospects and Difficulties". In UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era: Adapting to Stabilisation, Protection and New Threats, edited by Cedric De Coning, Chiyuki Aoi and John Karlsrud, 249–270. Routledge.
  • Bowers, Ian and Bjørn Elias Mikalsen Grønning. 2017. "Protecting the Status Quo: Japan's Response to the Rise of China". In Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China: Power and Politics in East Asia, edited by Øystein Tunsjø and Robert S. Ross, 137–168. Cornell University Press.
  • Bowers, Ian and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2016. "A Question of Balance: Warfighting and Naval Operations Other than War". In International Order at Sea. How it is challenged. How it is maintained, edited by Geoffrey Till and Jo Inge Bekkevold, 241–259. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bekkevold, Jo Inge, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska. 2015. "Conclusion: Security, strategy and military change in the 21st century". In Security, Strategy and Military change in the 21st Century: Cross-Regional Perspectives, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska, 266–273. Routledge.
  • Bekkevold, Jo Inge, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska. 2015. "Introduction". In Security, Strategy and Military change in the 21st Century: Cross-Regional Perspectives, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska, 1–12. Routledge.
  • Bowers, Ian. 2014. "Korean Approaches to Peace Support and Stability Operations". In Asia-Pacific Nations in International Peace Support and Stability Missions, edited by Chiyuki Aoi and Yee-Kuang Heng, 87–112. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bowers, Ian. 2014. "The Republic of Korea Navy - A 'Big' Small Navy". In Small Navies Strategy and Policy for Small Navies in War and Peace, edited by Michael Mulqueen, Deborah Saunders and Ian Speller, 95–107. Ashgate.
Full list

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Bowers, Ian. 2018. Escalation at Sea: Stability and Instability in Maritime East Asia. Naval War College Review 71 (4).
  • Bowers, Ian. 2018. The Use and Utility of Hybrid Warfare on the Korean Peninsula. The Pacific Review 31 (6): 762–786.
  • Bowers, Ian. 2017. "Power Asymmetry and the Role of Deterrence in the South China Sea". Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 29 (4): 551–573.
  • Bowers, Ian. 2014. The Republic of Korea and Its Navy: Perceptions of Security and the Utility of Seapower. Journal of Strategic Studies 37 (3): 442–464.

Non-refereed articles

  • Bowers, Ian. 2018. Can the Burden be Shared? Europe, the Sea and the Liberal Order in Asia. Global Asia 13 (2): 102–107.
  • Bowers, Ian. 2018. Small State Deterrence in the Contemporary World. IFS Insight 9 .
  • Bowers, Ian and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2017. "A Nuclear North Korea and Strategic Stability in East Asia". IFS Insight (4).
  • Bowers, Ian. 2016. "North Korea in 2016: A New Normal?" IFS Insight (2).
  • Bowers, Ian. 2016. Stuck in the Middle: South Korea's Strategic Response to China's Rise. On Track 20 (3): 24–26.
Published 23 October 2017 18:04.. Last updated 04 September 2019 08:48.