India’s Strategic Intent and Military Partnerships in the Indian Ocean Region

Author
Gaurav Sharma, Marc Finaud
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
The Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Abstract
Due to the importance India attaches to potential threats to its maritime security, its diplomacy has increasingly focused on the Indian Ocean region (IOR) and it has increased cooperation with Indian Ocean states. In the last five years, India has also established security partnerships with major IOR strategic stakeholders such as France and the United States. India has increasingly invested in providing military training, weapons support and disaster relief assistance to “like-minded” states in the IOR. Due to the potential risks of escalation to nuclear-weapons use should conflict occur with other countries in the region such as China and Pakistan, it would be in India’s interests to promote more confidence and
Topic
Security, Diplomacy, Nuclear Weapons, Military Affairs, Missile Defense
Political Geography
Pakistan, China, South Asia, India, Indian Ocean