IONS Seminar 2014 - Session 5 - Maritime Cooperation in the Indian Ocean

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Speaker: Ms Jane Chan, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

Speaker: Ms Jane Chan, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

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  • 1. Ponder the Improbable MARITIME COOPERATION IN THE INDIAN OCEAN Jane Chan Research Fellow & Coordinator Maritime Security Programme S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
  • 2. Ponder the Improbable SCOPE OF PRESENTATION o STRATEGIC OVERVIEW o MARSEC CHALLENGES o PROSPECT FOR COOOPERATION/ ENHANCE COOPERATION
  • 3. Ponder the Improbable Strategic Overview • Indo-pacific - a new geographical construct • Focus of intensifying strategic and political attention • Economic connectivity across the Indo-pacific region depends largely on maritime links • Reflecting the wider Asia’s maritime geography and the sea’s enduring quality as a maneuver space • Potential vulnerability leading the major maritime states to extend their maritime strategic horizons
  • 4. Ponder the Improbable Marsec Challenges • Threats to maritime security are very evident in the IOR • risks of interstate conflict • NTS / transboundary security concerns • Lack of a common threat perception and more importantly, differing priorities
  • 5. Ponder the Improbable Prospect for Cooperation/ Enhance Cooperation • Measures to deal with these threats offer a good vehicle for engaging regional partners, so that not only will such cooperation and collaboration help mitigate the impact, it will engender trust and confidence. • Ensuring Good Order at Sea –Plenty of pragmatic proposals –E.g. Information Sharing • Existing Regional Institutions – e.g. IORA and IONS
  • 6. Ponder the Improbable  Major barrriers • Political sensitivities • Lack of common interests and priorities • Lack of capacity and resources  East Asian Regionalism Can similar arrangement work in IOR? Potential for different configuration E.g. IOR-Plus or IOR- Minus Prospect for Cooperation/ Enhance Cooperation
  • 7. Ponder the Improbable Thank You