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The Interplay Between Counterpiracy And Indian Ocean Geopolitics

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The diplomatic costs of counterpiracy, could be high for the United States, eroding its strategic position in South Asia over time. A 'strategic triangle' is taking shape among India, China, and the United States. This chapter examines the nature of modern Somali piracy, then considers how the fight against it will shape and be shaped by seagoing powers' geopolitical interests, manoeuvres, and counter-manoeuvres. Piracy has afflicted navigation since men first ventured out to sea. Somali corsairs are private individuals who prey on commercial shipping for private gain. If New Delhi embraces the Monroe Doctrine while remaining indifferent to Mahan, the situation is just the reverse in Beijing. How India and China respond to any forceful measures undertaken by the United States will bear monitoring. The navies patrolling the western Indian Ocean should keep doing what they are doing while bolstering maritime domain awareness and improving unity of effort among themselves.

Keywords: China; counterpiracy; India; Indian Ocean geopolitics; Mahanian strategy; Monroe Doctrine; Somali piracy; United States



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