Strategic Interests in the Indian Ocean Region: 
A Roundtable Discussion With The National Maritime Foundation

 

Dr. Pande with Dr. Vijay Sakhuja, Captain Gurpreet S. Khurana, Commander Prakash Gopal, Commander Dinesh Yadav, Col John Gill, and Commodre Sandeep Mehta. 

On Friday, August 26th, Hudson Institute’s South Asia Program held a roundtable discussion with a delegation from India’s National Maritime Foundation that comprised of the Director of the National Maritime Foundation Vijay Sakhuja, Executive Director of the National Maritime Foundation Gurpreet S. Khurana, and Research Fellows Dinesh Yadav and Prakash Gopal. Representatives from various American governmental agencies, think tank analysts, and embassy officials from the region also participated within the discussion. 

From left to right: Stephen Cohen, Carmela Conroy, Satu Limaye, Brig Gen Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, Col John Gill, and Lisa Curtis. 

From left to right: Stephen Cohen, Carmela Conroy, Satu Limaye, Brig Gen Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, Col John Gill, and Lisa Curtis. 

Topics discussed were the distinction between an Indian foreign policy that prioritizes “Force Projection” over “Power Projection”, the role of the Indian navy regarding piracy, humanitarian efforts and maritime disputes within the region, challenges that the Indian Navy faces, the role of India as a stabilizing force in the region, and the role of China and Pakistan’s cooperation in the Indian Ocean.