1st Edition

India’s Maritime Strategy Balancing Regional Ambitions and China

By Shishir Upadhyaya Copyright 2020
    244 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The first book by a former Indian naval intelligence officer on Sino-India relations, India’s Maritime Strategy provides a unique insight into the Indian Navy, tracing its post-independence growth and discussing its transformation and future in the 21st century.

    In the context of the rise of China’s maritime power in the Indian Ocean, this book provides a nuanced view of the extent and scope of India’s maritime reach and the effect of this on Sino-Indian competition. Challenging the view that by developing a favourable environment alone, India could seek to maintain its balance of power with China, it is argued that despite durable bilateral security ties with most regional states, India’s maritime aspirations to be the primary net security provider for the region are unsustainable in the long term.

    This book presents a comprehensive coverage of India’s bilateral maritime security engagements with all the Indian Ocean regional states, as well as the US, France, UK and Russia. As such, it will be useful to students and scholars of Indian and South Asian politics, international relations and maritime security.

    1. India’s Maritime Environment

    2. India’s Foreign Policy

    3. India’s Maritime Strategy

    4. Maritime Security Cooperation with South Asian States

    5. Maritime Security Cooperation with West Asian States

    6. Maritime Security Cooperation with East African States and Indian Ocean Island Countries

    7. Maritime Security Cooperation with Southeast Asian States

    8. India’s Maritime Security Cooperation with Other Powers

    9. Multilateral Maritime Security Cooperation

    10. India’s Leadership in the Indian Ocean


    Shishir Upadhyaya is a former Indian naval officer with a background in operations and intelligence. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College and obtained his PhD in International Studies from the University of Wollongong, Australia.