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A case for India-Australia climate and human security cooperation in the Pacific Islands
May 16, 2023

A case for India-Australia climate and human security cooperation in the Pacific Islands

While both India and Australia aim to consolidate their strategic presence in the region, the development of security in the Pacific through aid and d

A Roadmap for India’s Climate Cooperation with Pacific Small Island Developing States
Aug 16, 2023

A Roadmap for India’s Climate Cooperation with Pacific Small Island Developing States

Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) are highly vulnerable to disasters emanating from the impacts of climate change, geopolitical tensions, and fluctuations in global energy markets. To overcome this, the PSIDS have committed to ambitious carbon reduction targets, and to adopting renewable energy and low carbon emission initiatives. However, they must contend with critical barriers, such as the lack of finance, capacity, and te

Achieving SDGs in Small Island Developing States: Financing the Blue Economy Through Collaboration
Apr 17, 2024

Achieving SDGs in Small Island Developing States: Financing the Blue Economy Through Collaboration

The geographical and socioeconomic characteristics of small island developing states (SIDS) expose them to unique challenges. Climate change, in particular, poses a severe threat to SIDS, with rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and changing precipitation patterns negatively affecting their ecosystems, economies, and communities. This brief assesses the challenges faced by SIDS in accessing traditional climate financing and analyses the effec

Blue opportunities for the Pacific Island Developing States (PIDS)
Feb 07, 2022

Blue opportunities for the Pacific Island Developing States (PIDS)

The PSIDS require a holistic approach to development as business-as-usual is proving to be detrimental to the ocean ecosystem and the people whose liv

Climate Action for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Mar 26, 2024

Climate Action for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

The measures taken by SIDS are unable to keep up with the pace of increasing climate risks thus international cooperation plays a vital role in develo

Developing Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A dilemma for Delhi
Nov 21, 2022

Developing Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A dilemma for Delhi

When India first began developing the ANI in the 1980s, the defence and foreign policy establishments were not entirely in agreement

East China Sea: Disputed islands to disputed airSpace
Nov 29, 2013

East China Sea: Disputed islands to disputed airSpace

The recent developments in East China Sea carry a high risk of confrontation and miscalculation in the already volatile region. Beijing's unilateral move to extend its authority and control in the region runs against its policy to change its image amongst its neighbours.

Great powers and small islands: An update from the Pacific and its engagement with Australia
Dec 19, 2022

Great powers and small islands: An update from the Pacific and its engagement with Australia

In the first of a two-part series, an assessment is made about whether Australia’s place in the Pacific is as assured as once assumed

Great powers and small islands: The democratic powers need to “lean in”
Dec 19, 2022

Great powers and small islands: The democratic powers need to “lean in”

In the second of a two-part series, as the Indo-Pacific takes central focus in geopolitics, democratic nations must work to keep the region’s strate

India and Australia: Building media resilience in the Pacific and Indian island states
Sep 19, 2023

India and Australia: Building media resilience in the Pacific and Indian island states

The Pacific and Indian Ocean islands states require support from external partners to protect the integrity of independent thought and defend themselv

India's Pivot to Oceania: Modi and the Pacific Island nations
Sep 23, 2016

India's Pivot to Oceania: Modi and the Pacific Island nations

India is a dialogue partner of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF), and PM Modi has acted to enhance India’s involvement with the region.

India-Japan collaborations: Andaman and Nicobar Islands in focus
Apr 14, 2022

India-Japan collaborations: Andaman and Nicobar Islands in focus

Japan's financial aid for a power supply project in India's Andaman and the Nicobar Islands is an example of the strong bilateral ties between the two

Maritime Security and Development in the South-West Indian Ocean Region: Harnessing India’s Engagement with Small Island Developing States
Jul 21, 2023

Maritime Security and Development in the South-West Indian Ocean Region: Harnessing India’s Engagement with Small Island Developing States

In recent years, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the South-West Indian Ocean (SWIO) region have emerged as vital security and developmental partners in the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)—thereby gaining prominence in India’s foreign policy priorities. This paper examines India’s bilateral and multilateral engagement with the SIDS of the SWIO region, and argues that India should consider the concerns of the

MH370 spotlight: Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Apr 01, 2014

MH370 spotlight: Andaman and Nicobar Islands

With the Chinese navy's increasing ability to project power into the Indian Ocean, it is important for New Delhi to strengthen its strategic outpost in the Andaman and Nicobar territory and remain a security provider to the region.

Myanmar and China in Cahoots: SIGINT capabilities on Coco Island get boost
Apr 17, 2023

Myanmar and China in Cahoots: SIGINT capabilities on Coco Island get boost

The growing SIGNIT capabilities on Myanmar’s Coco Island with China’s assistance raise concerns for New Delhi

Seychelles and Assumption Island project: Another test for India
May 23, 2020

Seychelles and Assumption Island project: Another test for India

Why did Assumption Island project cause a furore in Seychelles? What are the main concerns of the Seychelles government, opposition and Seychellois pe

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Indian Territory, Regional Potential
Sep 27, 2021

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Indian Territory, Regional Potential

Often referred to as among the most strategically located island chains in the world, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are critical for India’s strategic interests. The islands comprise the sole archipelago in the Bay and they straddle important sea channels. As the long-standing protectionist regime in the islands morphs into a more flexible form of governance that will balance development with conservation, the stage appears set for India to c

The Korea-Pacific Islands Summit: Widening the ambit of ROK-PIC ties
Jun 14, 2023

The Korea-Pacific Islands Summit: Widening the ambit of ROK-PIC ties

In light of the growing focus on the Pacific region, South Korea, alongside other nations, has ramped up bilateral ties with PICs by boosting developm

The Small Island Developing States in IOR: Challenges and opportunities
Dec 15, 2022

The Small Island Developing States in IOR: Challenges and opportunities

The SIDs need to ensure that they are not viewed as pawns in the geopolitical competition but as important stakeholders in the region.

What the G20 can do for Small Island Developing States
Sep 12, 2023

What the G20 can do for Small Island Developing States

Against the contemporary background of strong systemic shocks to the global economy, the Group of Twenty (G20) must address the stagnation in developmental priorities and spur economic growth. As the current steward of the rotating presidency within the G20, India has acquired a unique podium to spearhead discussions on pivotal global challenges.

What’s brewing north of the Andaman Islands?
Apr 24, 2023

What’s brewing north of the Andaman Islands?

The growing military activities in the Coco Islands and its proximity to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have prompted India to expand its own capacit

2008 की आर्थिक मंदी के बाद क्या एक और संकट झेल पाएगा आइसलैंड?
Sep 25, 2020

2008 की आर्थिक मंदी के बाद क्या एक और संकट झेल पाएगा आइसलैंड?

आने वाले सालों में पर्यटन उद्योग की सफलता ने निर्यात को म�

A guidebook on Pacific diplomacy: India looks to the ‘Far East’
Jul 24, 2023

A guidebook on Pacific diplomacy: India looks to the ‘Far East’

Since his assumption to power in 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been slowly stretching the arm of the country’s foreign policy into Pacific waters in furtherance of the ‘Act East’ policy. While India’s relationship with the Pacific island states (read, not Australia and New Zealand) is quite unestablished, Modi is attempting to set the foundations for prosperous future cooperation. In the form of a guidebook for India on Pa

Addressing the SIDS challenge: An India-Australia-SIDS trilateral?
Apr 24, 2024

Addressing the SIDS challenge: An India-Australia-SIDS trilateral?

While India and Australia prioritise cooperation with the SIDS, in the face of current geopolitical competition, the SIDS also gain from fostering a d

Andaman and Nicobar can lift India’s maritime capacity
Jan 14, 2023

Andaman and Nicobar can lift India’s maritime capacity

The strategic location of these islands demands New Delhi’s full attention as it can open new vistas for India’s maritime strategy

Andaman and Nicobar: India’s ‘strategic anchor’ holds ground
Feb 05, 2019

Andaman and Nicobar: India’s ‘strategic anchor’ holds ground

The strategic build-up and modernisation of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a step in the the right direction, but challenges remain.

Assessing the 36th African Union Summit
Mar 07, 2023

Assessing the 36th African Union Summit

Never before has Africa been led by such a tiny island country, and therefore, it brings a tide of change and focuses perhaps on the problems of small

Australia’s support for Pacific vaccine access — and what more it can do
Mar 11, 2021

Australia’s support for Pacific vaccine access — and what more it can do

The case of Australia and Pacific Island countries is instructive on what can be done — and what still needs to be done.

Bailouts and balances: Sri Lanka’s IMF rescue plan has geopolitical repercussions
Oct 28, 2022

Bailouts and balances: Sri Lanka’s IMF rescue plan has geopolitical repercussions

Sri Lanka's IMF rescue plan has geopolitical repercussions. The Island nation has entered a difficult terrain with China's expansionist interests and India and Japan's security concerns

Balances and benefits in Southern South Asia: The Maldives and Sri Lanka in 2021
Dec 28, 2021

Balances and benefits in Southern South Asia: The Maldives and Sri Lanka in 2021

With the changing dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region, both the island states have ample opportunities to balance between India and China.

Bringing India and Thailand Closer via the Trilateral Highway Through Myanmar
Nov 21, 2023

Bringing India and Thailand Closer via the Trilateral Highway Through Myanmar

This brief underlines the immense potential for increased cross-border trade, tourism, and people-to-people interactions between India and its Southeast Asian neighbours. In particular, it evaluates the importance of India–Thailand relations, emphasising the present state of the India–Myanmar–Thailand Trilateral Highway (IMT-TH). Although India and Thailand share a maritime boundary along India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Th

Brinkmanship in the South Pacific
Apr 01, 2022

Brinkmanship in the South Pacific

China's increasing economic and geopolitical influence in the Indo-Pacific islands has raised concerns the world over

Chaos over Chagos: Is the sovereignty dispute coming to an end?
May 03, 2023

Chaos over Chagos: Is the sovereignty dispute coming to an end?

Will Britain finally address the question of sovereignty over the Chagos Islands and the rights of the Chagossians?

China and Indonesia: A new tug-of-war
Oct 13, 2017

China and Indonesia: A new tug-of-war

Indonesia is increasing its military presence in the region and upgrading its forces in the Natuna Islands as it seeks to challenge China and maintain its control over an important sea domain containing abundant marine food and energy resources.

China-Japan-Korea:Tangled Relationships
Aug 11, 2023

China-Japan-Korea:Tangled Relationships

Territorial disputes between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea and between Japan and South Korea over the Takeshima/Dokdo islands in the Sea of Japan have,particularly in the second half of 2012, given rise to concerns about peace and security in North East Asia. Territorial disputes between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea and between Japan and South Korea over the Takes