Speeches | 09 November 2010

The next strategic frontier: emerging rivalries in the Indian Ocean?

On 28 October, two panels convened at AEI to discuss the emergence of the Indian Ocean as a key strategic space. The first panel focused on the potential for economic and political rivalries among regional players. Speakers debated whether the Indian Ocean is part of a larger pan-Asian system, what AEI's Michael Auslin called the "Asian Commons," and whether destabilizing competition in the region is inevitable. Sunil Dasgupta of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County dismissed the notion of a singular strategic entity, arguing that conflicts in the region are isolated, separable, and conditional. The U.S. Naval War College's Toshi Yoshihara warned of the potential for mutual misconceptions among China, India, and the United States to cause universally unwanted tensions. Shifting focus, Andrew Shearer of Australia's Lowy Institute highlighted the counterterrorism challenges presented by failed and weak states along the Horn of Africa and South Asia. Andrew Shearer

  • Andrew Shearer

On 28 October, two panels convened at AEI to discuss the emergence of the Indian Ocean as a key strategic space. The first panel focused on the potential for economic and political rivalries among regional players. Speakers debated whether the Indian Ocean is part of a larger pan-Asian system, what AEI's Michael Auslin called the "Asian Commons," and whether destabilizing competition in the region is inevitable. Sunil Dasgupta of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County dismissed the notion of a singular strategic entity, arguing that conflicts in the region are isolated, separable, and conditional. The U.S. Naval War College's Toshi Yoshihara warned of the potential for mutual misconceptions among China, India, and the United States to cause universally unwanted tensions. Shifting focus, Andrew Shearer of Australia's Lowy Institute highlighted the counterterrorism challenges presented by failed and weak states along the Horn of Africa and South Asia. Andrew Shearer

  • Andrew Shearer