1st Edition

Indian Ocean Futures New Partnerships, New Alliances, and Academic Diplomacy

Edited By Timothy Doyle, Graham Seal Copyright 2017
    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    Indian Ocean studies, which once lagged behind studies of the Atlantic and the Pacific, is an important emerging academic field which has come into its own. In the next fifty years, the Indian Ocean Region will become very significant as a result of enormous demographic changes. What was the Ocean of the South is rapidly becoming the Ocean of the Centre, the Ocean of the Future. Curtin University, Western Australia, has a long and distinguished history of engagement with the Indian Ocean region and with Indian Ocean Studies, and its Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute of Curtin University continues to maintain a focus on the Indian Ocean -past, present and future. This book examines a number of themes emerging from its 2014 Conference entitled "Indian Ocean Futures", which attracted some of the best Indian Ocean region scholars. The conference connected humanities, social sciences and scientific disciplines; this book collects some of the preeminent works focused on geo-strategic, cultural, environmental security and human security themes. The book is also an important contribution to the building of academic diplomacy in the region – that is to say, it contributes to region-building by creating epistemic communities and networks between government, the private sector, and academia throughout the region. Through the pursuit of academic diplomacy, academics are capable of pursuing research goals which enhance governmental, business, and civil society objectives of the day. This book was previously published as a special issue of the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region.

    Ambassador K.V. Bhagirath

    1. Indian Ocean futures: new partnerships, new alliances and academic diplomacy
    Timothy Doyle and Graham Seal

    2. Fluid ontologies in the search for MH370
    Lindsay Bremner

    3. An Indo-Pacific norm entrepreneur? Australia and defence diplomacy
    Andrew Carr and Daniel Baldino

    4. An Indian Ocean dilemma: Sino-Indian rivalry and China’s strategic vulnerability in the Indian Ocean
    David Brewster

    5. Green urbanism in the Indian Ocean region
    Anne Matan and Peter Newman

    6. Changing local weather and adaptation in two coastal villages in Bangladesh
    Mokhlesur Rahman and Bob Pokrant

    7. Styling multilateralism: Indian Ocean cultural futures
    Isabel Hofmeyr

    8. Understanding the climate-sensitive decisions and information needs of island communities
    Melissa L. Finucane and Victoria W. Keener

    9. An East African perspective for paradigm shift on maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region
    Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes


    Timothy Doyle is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute (AAPI), Curtin University, Western Australia. He is also Emeritus Chair of Politics and International Relations at Keele University in the United Kingdom

    Graham Seal is Professor and Director of the Australia-Asia Pacific Institute at Curtin University, Western Australia.