TPF Conference India and the Indian Ocean Region

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INDIA AND THE INDIAN OCEAN REGION (IOR)

Dynamics of Geopolitics, Security and Global Commons

DATE: JULY 12-13, 2019 VENUE: WCC. CHENNAI

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About the Conference

India’s geography and its location offers the nation a unique advantage of being both a continental power and a dominant maritime nation. In 1940s, K M Panikkar argued that “while to other countries the Indian Ocean is only one of the important oceanic areas, to India it is a vital sea. Her lifelines are concentrated in that area; her freedom is dependent on the freedom of that water surface. No industrial development, no commercial growth, no political structure is possible for her unless her shores are protected.” Logically, to ensure maritime security, maintain stability, improve connectivity and sustain economic cooperation, Indian Ocean strategy forms an important aspect of India’s foreign policy. With China’s assertive growth and the shift in the global economic axis towards Asia, India is presented with an opportunity to take advantage of its centrality in the IOR. While strengthening the international institutions and multilateral groupings, India should step up its role as a regional stabiliser, promoting responsible competition and balancing global resources. Moreover, India’s space and technological progress can offer regional security and opportunities for advancing agriculture, space exploration, etc. The contemporary threats and challenges further highlights the need for cooperating in technology and security affairs. In this context, the Conference tries to promote serious debate and discussions on issues of geopolitical interests, security dynamics and global commons in the Indian Ocean Region.

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