NIAS Wednesday Discussion on “India’s Maritime Security Strategy for Indo-Pacific Region: Challenges and Options” by Dr. Prakash Pannerselvam

NIAS Wednesday Discussion



Topic:              ‘India’s Maritime Security Strategy for Indo-Pacific Region:

                         Challenges and Options’                  


Speaker:          Prakash Pannerselvam

                        Assistant Professor, International Strategic & Security Studies Program, NIAS



Chairperson:     Mayilvaganan, M

                        Associate Professor, International Strategic & Security Studies Program, NIAS



Date:               18th March 2020


Time:               4.00 PM


Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS


All are cordially invited

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Abstract: India’s maritime security is closely netted with the peace and stability of Indo-pacific region. The geographical location of India makes it has a dominant player in the region, making the role of Indian Navy critical. Over the period of time, Navy’s roles and responsibility have also expanded significantly in response to changing geopolitical circumstances. The Ensuring Secures Seas: India’s Maritime Security Strategy – 2015 publications clearly articulates the Navy’s maritime strategic outlook. Since then the geo-economics and geostrategic situation has undergone major changes. The first is the strategic competition between the US and China is making sweeping changes in the Indo-pacific strategic environment. Secondly, The rise of Chinese naval power in Asia has a far more significant impact on foreign policy of maritime nations. The People Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-Navy) vessels foraying into the Indian Ocean, PLA-navy submarine patrolling strategic sea-lane in the region has impacted India’s maritime environment.

In response to growing Chinese threat, India utilize the Indo-pacific concept as a regional engagement policy. As the result, India is scaling up its cooperation with the US, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and other naval power in the region to discourage China from taking assertive position in the maritime domain. While simultaneously India is also pursuing a reassurance strategy to convince Beijing that India is not really balancing or hedging against China. At this juncture, it is crucial to analysis the maritime security strategy of India and how navy is calibrating its indo-pacific strategy. 


About the speaker: Prakash Pannerselvam is an Assistant Professor with the International Strategic & Security Studies Programme, NIAS.


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For further info, please contact Prof Anindya Sinha [   or ] or Shri K S Rama Krishna [ ], Coordinators of the NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020