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Churning Historic Waters: Maritime And National Security In The Palk Bay And Sri Lanka

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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The current Sri LankanIndian fishery conflict substantially threatens the maritime security of the Palk Bay region and the national security of Sri Lanka. No research has provided a sustainable solution for this issue thus far. Hence, this research identifies three spheres of national security concerns associated with this fishery problem traditional and human security, non-traditional security, and environmental security. This study examines and explores the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats associated with the Palk Bay fishery dispute. In addition, it explains how the fisheries issue has affected the maritime and national security of Sri Lanka and its maritime border with India. This research studies Indias hegemonic attitude and the diplomatic context and maritime security threats this unresolved fishery dispute poses. Then, it analyzes the importance of establishing a sound bilateral relationship between both neighboring states. This thesis finds that the absence of honest diplomatic intervention is the key reason why this fishery crisis has remained unresolved. Moreover, the study finds that adopting a comprehensive maritime strategy is vital for a sustainable solution. Hence, Sri Lanka should exercise a vigorous foreign policy that facilitates a comprehensive maritime strategy to resolve this protracted fishery dispute.

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  • Sociology and Law

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