India’s Strategy for the Indian Ocean in Light of COVID-19 and Confrontation with China

Regional Strategies Topic Week By David Scott  Setting the Scene for 2020 Indian strategy for the Indian Ocean revolves around retaining preeminence across the body of water, tacitly seen as India’s Ocean; a term implying if not hegemony, then at least a sort of regional leadership and regional preeminence. The External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar … Continue reading India’s Strategy for the Indian Ocean in Light of COVID-19 and Confrontation with China

Geopolitical Competition and Economics in the Indian Ocean Region

By Lieutenant Commander (G) Roshan Kulatunga, Sri Lankan Navy Introduction The geostrategic and geopolitical importance of the Indian Ocean Region has been understood by many great maritime historians. During the Cold War the United States was the preeminent maritime power and the USSR the preeminent land power. Lack of maritime capability eventually became a losing … Continue reading Geopolitical Competition and Economics in the Indian Ocean Region

China’s Rise and Indian Ocean Ambitions

By Aswani Dravid Though the Indian Ocean was considered exotic for centuries, it was transformed into a mere colonial sea by the 18th century. The European powers divided the South Asian continent among themselves to a degree that these South Asian countries no longer identified with the larger whole. However, the British retreat from the … Continue reading China’s Rise and Indian Ocean Ambitions

The Great Game in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Partnership Opportunities for the U.S.

By Chad Pillai There is a growing strategic competition underway in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea between India and China focused on acquiring commercial ports and military facilities. It is a race for strategic access, leverage, and influence for energy resources, markets, and national security. This competition between two relative new naval powers in … Continue reading The Great Game in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Partnership Opportunities for the U.S.