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“To better understand the unraveling Indian Ocean geopolitics, it is important to study and understand the new maritime identities of the Indian Ocean islands.”

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The in-vogue term “Indo-Pacific” positions the Indian Ocean region as part of singular geographic – and geopolitical – region along with the Pacific Ocean. Yet understandings of and approaches to the Indian Ocean region are very much in the eye of the beholder.

The Diplomat talks with Darshana M. Baruah, an associate fellow with the South Asia Program and leader of the Indian Ocean Initiative at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about the current geopolitical situation in the Indian Ocean. India may be the only country that sees the region truly holistically, from the African coast…

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