The authors discuss India's planned military intervention in Mauritius, in 1983, to prevent a feared coup and the consolidation of New Delhi’s special role in the region.
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The 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which spans three continents, has the potential to usher in a new peak for Pacific trade. However, the insistence by negotiators to achieve goals that are primarily of interest to the U.S. is obscuring the original goal of the TPP.
The year 2012 has been a busy one for foreign policy: from escalating disputes in the South China Sea to alternate financial instruments from the emerging world. India’s foreign policy too has its shown strengths and weaknesses. We present our top foreign policy Hotspots, Sweet spots and Blind spots for 2012.
Settling of disputes in the South China Sea is in the interest of China as well as the smaller ASEAN members. It is therefore imperative that solutions to disputes over trans-boundary energy reservoirs be separated from the historically monopolistic structure of the petroleum industry.
Traditionally, the South Pacific islands have been considered strategically insignificant. However, the need for resources, and the geopolitical shift towards Asia-Pacific have prompted nations to realize that these small island states control large resource-rich ocean areas and are increasingly geostrategic.
Different countries diagnose the South China Sea problem in different ways. Some think the situation is dangerous and needs fixing. Others, notably China, are quite comfortable with the status-quo. Given the difference in the outlook towards this issue, how can the tension in the region be reduced significantly?
China, by militarizing its dispute with Philippines over the Scarborough shoal, has raised the temperature to a new level. The U.S. should support the Philippines in sending its government vessels back to the disputed territory and assist in the upgradation of its maritime capabilities.
The concern with piracy is in our waters is three-fold: the threat to Indian-owned vessels and Indian citizens; the difficulty in dealing with piracy and hostage-taking on the high seas; and finally, squeezing the organized industry. Can India play a leadership role in this effort?
Gateway House’s Alisha Pinto interviews former Somali Ambassador to India, Mohammad Osman Omar, on piracy issues and maritime security from the coast of Somalia to the waters of the Indian Ocean.
Amidst myriad country groupings that already exist – BRICS, IBSA, APEC, SCO and many others – a new initiative in the Pacific is looking to integrate more powerful countries to form a multilateral free trade agreement – the Trans Pacific Partnership. How important is this towards the reshaping of trade and power?