Accession Number : AD1028520

Title :   Weighted West, Focused on the Indian Ocean and Cooperating across the Indo-Pacific: The Indian Navy's New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy

Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Personal Author(s) : Limaye,Satu

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Report Date : 01 Feb 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : This study examines how the Indian Navy's new maritime strategy and missions, evolving capabilities, and vigorous diplomacy backed by India's political leadership and Ministry of External Affairs are heralding a more cooperative and activist Indian navy in what India calls the Indo-Pacific region and what U.S. defense officials refer to as the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Indian Navy's focus will be on the country immediate neighbors in the Indian Ocean and strongly driven by its self-proclaimed imperatives (e.g., maritime boundaries, energy trade, protection of overseas Indians and primary areas of geographic interest to India's west). But a noteworthy emerging feature is India's expansion of maritime outreach and engagement in the East Asian and Pacific regions. The salience of maritime issues in the East and South China Seas, India's membership in mechanisms that could promote maritime cooperation, improved bilateral ties to regional countries, and the improvement of U.S.-India relations create opportunities for further Indian maritime engagement to its east with regional and extra-regional partners, including the United States.

Descriptors :   India , naval operations , Foreign Policy , military strategy , DIPLOMACY

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE