25 October 2007
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Indian Ocean and the Maritime Balance of Power in Historical Perspective
This paper explores the historical roots and changing dynamics of Indian Ocean geopolitics. It evaluates the evolving matrix of intra-regional and extra-regional players as well as the comparative importance of varieties of power in the region: "hard" or "soft," "state" or "non-state," "land-based" or "sea-born." The paper then examines some of the long-term implications of these changing balances for the future of the region, especially in view of the concurrent rise of India and China.
© 2007 S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)