The Story of India's Bid for Regional Leadership
To Be Published October 31st 2013 by Routledge – 256 pages
This book assesses India’s role as an international power in the Indian Ocean. It shows that although the Indian Ocean may seem naturally to fall within India’s sphere of influence, India in fact does not dominate the Indian Ocean. The book outlines the development of Indian thinking on its role in the region, discusses its ambivalent relationship with the United States – ambivalent because India is uncertain how closely it should ally itself with the United States, explores its attitude towards China’s growing power, and examines India’s relationship with other Indian Ocean states, including the Seychelles and Mauritius, Madagascar and the countries of East Africa, Burma and Australia. The book concludes by discussing the evolving overall shape of the region’s strategic order.
1. The Indian Ocean as a strategic entity 2. The evolution of Indian strategic thinking about the Indian Ocean 3. Strategic competition with China in the IOR 4. Strategic competition and cooperation with the United States in the IOR 5. India’s special role in the Southwest Indian Ocean 6. India’s opportunities in East Africa and the Northwest Indian Ocean 7. India in the Northeast Indian Ocean 8. India and Australia in the Indian Ocean 9. India as an Indian Ocean power
David Brewster, a former mergers and acquisitions lawyer, is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and has written extensively on India's international relations.