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Indian Ocean and Global Diplomacy


Indian Ocean and Global Diplomacy

Osama Rizvi

Whether you are an aspiring civil servant or a policymaker in government, geopolitics never ceases to retain its charming relevance. Despite the recent communications revolution and of globalization as it turned the world into a “global village” blurring borders, both have not made any difference to the centuries-old idea from the realm of Realism. Geopolitics stands grim, mocking leaders and fooling analysts all the while becoming more significant.

As our earth is mainly a body placed in water, the importance of oceans, seas, rivers and tributaries is easily discernible. Almost 80 percent of global trade by volume is transported by seas (70 percent in terms of value). Consider the South China Sea, for example, that alone carries $5 trillion of trade annually. Then there are straits, aptly called Choke Points. Consider them as flashpoints where, or due to which, you might see the next sea battle.

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