In a timely discussion at Arundel House, Dr Satu Limaye will answer questions on India’s growing maritime activity in the Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific region. Questions to be covered include: how can India play the role of ‘net security provider’ to the island states of the Indian Ocean? How will China’s growing presence in the ocean affect India’s thinking on maritime issues? How does enhanced maritime security cooperation with countries like Japan and Vietnam relate to India’s ‘Act East’ policy?
The Indian Navy’s 2015 Maritime Security Strategy received unprecedented backing from the country’s political leadership. Its missions, evolving capabilities, and defence diplomacy have also been fully supported. This heralds a more cooperative and active Indian navy in the Indo-Pacific region. While the Indian Ocean is the country’s primary area of interest, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi India has been active in maritime diplomacy and naval activities with countries across the region. Deepening and widening regional bilateral ties, and the improvement of US–India relations, create opportunities for further maritime engagement with regional and extra-regional partners.
Dr Satu Limaye is Director, East West Center in Washington and Senior Advisor, Center for Naval Analyses (CNA Corp.). He works on US–Asia relations with a focus on South and Southeast Asia, Japan's Asia policies, and maritime security issues. He is the creator of the Asia Matters for America initiative. Limaye is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his D.Phil from Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. His most recent study is Weighted West, Focused on the Indian Ocean and Cooperating Across the Indo-Pacific: The Indian Navy's New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities and Diplomacy. He is co-author of The Future of U.S.-India Naval Relations (CNA, February 2017).
This event was chaired by Antoine Levesques, Research Associate for South Asia, IISS. It took place in the Council Room, Arundel House, 13–15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX.