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Ensuring Secure Seas: India’s Role in the Indian Ocean

7 June 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Chatham House, London


Admiral (Rtd) Rabinder Kumar Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy (2014-16)
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



The Indian Ocean is an increasingly significant maritime region, with opportunities for enhancing economic growth through fisheries, mineral extraction, tourism and international trade. However, the region’s maritime trade and infrastructure remain vulnerable to regional economic pressures and crimes at sea. To address this, Indian Ocean states must act collectively to combat maritime insecurity and enable the development of shared resources.

At this roundtable event, Admiral (Rtd) Rabinder Kumar Dhowan will discuss prospects for the Indian Ocean’s blue economy growth, as well as policy options to collectively secure the maritime sphere.