The volume argues that India must take the lead role in establishing ocean management for littoral countries to maintain maritime stability and good order in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
The volume discusses how maritime sphere of influence has become a dominant factor in global affairs. Ninety per cent of the world’s trade travels by sea, major international trade centres and economic powers are located on the coast and thirty six per cent of the world’s oceans are encompassed within the exclusive economic zone. There is a strong link between economy and the world’s oceans, and hence good order at sea is essential. After end of the Cold War when the liberalization process commenced, India realized the importance of its role in maintaining peace, security and stability in the IOR as a responsible maritime state. Fourteen papers in this volume examine the current and future prospects of maritime stability and good order in the IOR and approach India should adopt.
Ferment in India’s maritime environment has been receiving intense scrutiny by the international strategic community of late. Prof Subramanyam Raju renders yeoman service, by compiling this anthology of perceptive commentaries and analyses, by Indian scholars, on the vital issue of ‘good order at sea’, which will enlighten readers and enrich our maritime security discourse.
– Admiral Arun Prakash, PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC (Retd), Former Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy.
This volume provides us with a timely reminder: India must play an increasingly active role in promoting maritime security for the region. It is essential reading for those who would know more about the range and urgency of the emerging multiple maritime threats and details the steps India must take to counter these effectively, as also the need, in this context, for regional cooperation.
– Amb. I.P. Khosla, Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
The seas as a vital environment for the resources it contains, for its centrality to transportation and trade, as a source of power and sovereignty requires much greater intellectual and material investment by the Indian state and its people. Tackling the risks and threats that could undermine good order at sea can be crucial to human development and national prosperity.
– Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai, NM (Retd), Former Chief Instructor (Navy), Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.