Tag Archives: Indian Ocean

Why the Indian Ocean Region Might Soon Play a Lead Role in World Affairs

Around 80% of the world's maritime oil trade passes through the Indian Ocean. And the economic and political might of the region is growing.

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China Joins the Crowd in Djibouti

The multinational military activities concentrated within the relatively limited geographical confines of Djibouti could provide an environment for new forms of maritime and military cooperation. But it’s more likely that Djibouti will become a hot-bed of intrigue, espionage and counter-espionage as the separate military forces closely watch each other’s activities.

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The Small Islands Holding the Key to the Indian Ocean

Small islands dotting the Indian Ocean are emerging at the center stage of great power politics.

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Sri Lanka Tilts to Beijing, Dumps India?

Sri Lanka’s strategic orientation is undergoing a sea change as it emerges as China’s new best friend and security partner in the eastern Indian Ocean. With a stable and cooperative authoritarian regime strategically located in the central Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka ticks many of China’s strategic boxes after increasing instability in Pakistan, its strongest ally in the region.

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The Knowns and Unknowns of Flight MH370

It is one of the biggest hunts ever – involving dozens of ships, planes across vast oceans and thousands of people on the Internet searching real-time satellite pictures – but Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is still lost.   The Boeing 777-200ER carrying 239 people vanished exactly a week ago, while on an overnight flight to Beijing but a search that …

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Maldives Election Fiasco: ‘Betrayal of Democracy’

  An Indian Ocean archipelago of more than 1,992 coral islands scattered across the Equator, the Maldives is known for its emerald green waters and pristine beaches. Visiting tourists usually view it as a tranquil paradise. Maldivian politics, though, have rarely been peaceful. A British protectorate until 1965, the Maldives has been under authoritarian rule for most of its post-Independence …

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