Date: May 20, 2024 Time: 03:30 PM
Neighbourhood Scope | A Geopolitical Churning: Perspectives from the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean, traditionally seen as India's sphere of influence, has witnessed an increase in the presence of regional and extra-regional powers in recent years. Smaller island and littoral South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, which remained at the periphery of great power politics, are witnessing a multi-polar power contestation as the Indo-Pacific region grows in prominence. India is keen to maintain its sway in the region even as China continues to make inroads with its assertiveness, deep pockets, and opaque lending. QUAD partners - the USA, Japan, and Australia and countries like Turkiye, Russia, and France are quickly catching up with this evolving great game.  On their part, the South Asian countries are leveraging their geographical location and growing importance to further their interests, economic and security goals, and development partnerships.

How does the Indian Ocean fit into the broader evolving geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific? Who are the new players in the region? How is India responding to these new players and the evolving competition? What do South Asian countries like - Bangladesh, Maldives, and Sri Lanka - think of this contestation? How are they responding? How do these countries perceive China’s presence in the region? What would the Indian Ocean Region look like in the coming years?  

This is an in-person event.

Venue Address

ORF Conference Hall, 20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, New Delhi