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Exploring India’s maritime connectivity in the extended Bay of Bengal

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Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury, Pratnashree Basu, Sohini Bose, “Exploring India’s Maritime
Connectivity in the Extended Bay of Bengal”, November 2019, Observer Research Foundation.

This report makes an appraisal of the geopolitical, geostrategic and geoeconomic dimensions of the linkages between India’s east coast and the ‘extended Bay’—Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia—with respect to port logistics, trade interactions, disaster management and strategic convergences. The aim of this study is three-fold: a) to examine the existing nature of port and commercial linkages between India and the aforesaid littorals and explore how these linkages can be strengthened; b) to examine the vulnerabilities of the littorals in terms of natural calamities and to analyse how and to what extent humanitarian assistance and disaster management can be regionally governed; and c) to explore the Bay of Bengal as a maritime space to understand the geostrategic construct of Indo-Pacific.

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Authors

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury is Senior Fellow with ORF’s Neighbourhood Initiative. She is the Editor, ORF Bangla. She specialises in regional and sub-regional cooperation in ...

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Pratnashree Basu

Pratnashree Basu

Pratnashree Basu is an Associate Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata, with the CNED programme. She is a 2017 US Department of State IVLP Fellow ...

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Sohini Bose

Sohini Bose

Sohini Bose is an Associate Fellow at Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Kolkata with the Strategic Studies Programme. Her area of research is India’s eastern maritime ...

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