News from Thursday, November 28, 2013
Strategic Challenges in the Indian Ocean
Geopolitical rivalry in the Indian Ocean has increased, emphazised Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies at the independent Center for Policy Research in New Delhi in Körber Policy Brief No. 1. Several boundary, sovereignty and jurisdiction disputes threaten freedom of navigation. China has become the most active power in the region and is challenging the existing balance of power, says Chellaney. The EU has only a limited security political role but viable economic interests in the Indian Ocean. It should support regional cooperation to reduce the risks of unilateral action by any side and build long-term regional crisis stability. As interstate competition over resources in the Indian Ocean is sharpening, the EU should assist in creating a predictable regulatory regime and contribute to monitoring and enforcement of internationally agreed rules.