This book explores the significance of the Indian ocean region in strategic engagements between countries in Asia, Africa, and the west, and explores India’s oceanic strategy and power politics.
The Indian ocean region has been a key strategic issue for many Asian countries since it has a bearing on major concerns such as trade, transportation and security. The book analyses conflicts, shifts in dynamics, and foreign and military policy concerns of key players in Asia – including China, Japan, India, and South Korea – who are competing for dominance in the region. It discusses the hegemonic presence of the US, France, Russia and others, their interests, and its implications on the regional strategic balance. The book also analyses Africa’s growing presence in the geopolitics in the region and the strategic interests of countries like South Africa and Kenya.
The book provides an in-depth look at various elements of ‘oceanic strategy’ including mercantile activities, trade, oceanic construction, maritime diplomacy and the blue economy. It will be an essential read for students and researchers of international relations, strategic affairs, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, defence studies, foreign policy, diplomacy and political studies.