India’s Maritime Strategy and the Emerging Relation with Australia

Date01 January 2015
Published date01 January 2015
Subject MatterArticles
India’s Maritime Strategy
and the Emerging Relation
with Australia
Shubhamitra Das1
The geopolitical reshuffling and developments in the twenty-first century forced
the countries in the Indo-Pacific region to understand and improvise their strate-
gies. Continental power projection has considerably shifted to maritime prow-
ess; especially so for both India and Australia. While India’s maritime interest
is rather recent, Australia had not created a maritime mindset for nearly seven
decades. The region of the Indian and the Pacific Oceans has gained central focus
due to economic and strategic reasons with the interplay of non-traditional secu-
rity issues like piracy and terrorism. The critique on maritime security became
much more pronounced with China’s rise and visible aggression in South China
Sea. India has been at the centre stage of these shifting balances and geopolitics of
the region. Regionalism and cooperative and/or comprehensive security became
the buzz words for Indo-Pacific. The study will focus on India’s maritime strategy
and its convergence with Australia’s maritime strategy and the emerging relation
between the two countries.
Indo-Pacific, India, Australia, China, maritime security, comprehensive cooperation,
Indian Navy
The Post-Cold War era made multipolarity obvious, with the visibility of rising
China and its land/border disputes with India, Japan and the claimants of the
South China Sea. India’s concern on the Indian Ocean doubled when China made
International Studies
52(1–4) 86–98
2017 Jawaharlal Nehru University
SAGE Publications
DOI: 10.1177/0020881717714678
1 Center for Indo-Pacic Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New
Delhi, India.
Corresponding author:
Shubhamitra Das, 122 Old Transit House, Dakshina Puram, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
110067, India.

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