India's Engagement with the African Indian Ocean Rim States
Alex Vines, Head of Africa Programme, Chatham House
Gareth Price, Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House
In recent years India has strengthened its involvement in the African Indian Ocean Rim considerably. This shift in policy comes in part because of India's desire to compete with China's growing influence in the region.
The Indian Ocean has immense significance to India's development. India's strategy is deepening not only commercially but due to concerns over its security and hegemony in the region, which are underpinned by India's 2004 maritime doctrine.
The growing importance of the African Indian Ocean Rim to India is evidenced by increasing bilateral and trilateral efforts and improved relations, notably with Mauritius, the Seychelles, Madagascar and coastal states such as Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania.
Alex Vines and Gareth Price will discuss the motivations for African Indian Ocean Rim engagement and the implications for India and the region.
Read the programme paper here.