Journal of Indian Ocean Studies-A UGC-CARE Listed Journal

Published in Association with Society of Indian Ocean Studies (SIOS)

Current Volume: 31 (2023 )

ISSN: 0972-3080

Periodicity: Tri-annual

Month(s) of Publication: April, August & December

Subject: Political Science & International Affairs

DOI: 10.32381/JIOS

Online Access is free for Life Member


The Journal of Indian Ocean Studies is a publication of the Society for Indian Ocean Studies (SIOS). Having completed twenty-eight years of publication, the Journal, published three times a year-in January, May and September, aims at bringing out articles contributed by defence experts, diplomats, eminent scholars and renowned thinkers on the various aspects of the Indian Ocean and the littoral regions of South and Southeast Asia, Africa, the Gulf and Australia.

The Editorial Advisory Board Comprising Strategists and former practitioners of foreign affairs and defence as well as distinguished scholars on economy, history, etc. of the region provide regular guidance and advice. The journal has a vast readership among the Parliamentarians, think-tanks, maritime establishments, universities and institutions of excellence in  various fields as also individual scholars.



Editor -in -chief
Ambassador Sudhir T. Devare (Retd.)

Amb. (Retd.) Sudhir T. Devare is a retired career diplomat former Indian diplomat who served in various diplomatic capacities from 1964 to 2001.
He had been Indian Ambassador to Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Myanmar and Indonesia before retiring as Secretary in-charge of India’s economic relations. He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board, Visiting Professor at the Centre of East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Vice-Chairman of the Research and Information System (RIS) of Developing Countries, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. Currently, he is the Ram Sathe Chair Professor, at the Symbiosis School of International Studies, Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune.

He is on the Advisory Board of the India International Centre, New Delhi and a Member of the Eminent Persons' and Experts' Group of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) besides being the Chairman of the Society for Indian Ocean Studies and Editor-in-chief of its flagship publication.

Managing Editor
Ambassador (Retd.) J. K. Tripathi

Amb. (Retd.) J. K. Tripathi is a retired career diplomat with his career spanning for thirty three years.
Having served in Indian missions in Zambia, the Maldives, Hungary, Sweden, Venezuela and Oman, he rendered his services as the Consul general of India in Sao Paulo, Brazil before retiring as the Ambassador of India to Zimbabwe. Currently he is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Indian Ocean Studies.

Editorial Advisory Board
Admiral Arun Prakash

Chief of Naval Staff (Retd.)

Amb. Sheelkant Sharma

Former Secretary General,


Lt. Gen. Shamsher Singh Mehta


Pune International Centre

Amb. Biren Nanda

Former Ambassador to

Indonesia and Australia

Prof. P. V. Rao

National Professor, ICSSR

Visiting Professor, NALSAR

Vice Admiral (Retd.) Anup Singh

Director Strategic Studies, SIOS

Prof. Swaran Singh

Professor of Diplomacy, JNU


Association of Asian Scholars

Commodore (Retd.) C. Uday Bhaskar


Society for Policy Studies,

Former D. G., IDSA

Prof. Vinayshil Gautam

Vice Chairman,

Foundation of Organisational

Research and Education (FORE)

Dr. Krishnendra Meena

Associate Professor at Centre for International Politics
Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies,
awaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
He specializes on the topics of Geopolitics, Indian Ocean, Borders and BRICS. He joined SIOS as Secretary General in December 2020.

Volume 31 Issue 3 , (Sep-2023 to Dec-2023)


By: Sudhir T. Devare

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India and ASEAN Share Perspectives on the Indo-Pacific

By: Gurjit Singh

Page No : 145-154

Author : Amb. Gurjit Singh, a seasoned diplomat, has served as the Ambassador of India to Ethiopia, ASEAN and Indonesia before retiring as the Ambassador of India to Germany. Ambassador Singh is a prolific writer on international affairs and has a well-received book on Africa titled to his credit.


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China-Philippines Spat Over South China Sea: Implications for the Region

By: Rajaram Panda

Page No : 155-165

Author : Professor Rajaram Panda is former Senior Fellow at Pradhan Mantri Museum and Library, (earlier NMML) New Delhi. Earlier, he was Senior Fellow at MP-IDSA, and ICCR Chair Professor at Reitaku University, Japan.


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India and ASEAN: Vision and Perspective of Indo-Pacific

By: Manoj Bharti

Page No : 167-172

Author : Ambassador Manoj Kumar Bharti has been a career diplomat having served as the Ambassador of India to Indonesia and ASEAN.


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Great Power Rivalry and India’s ASEAN Diplomacy: Charting an ‘India Way’ in the Indo-Pacific Region

By: Vibhanshu Shekhar

Page No : 173-181

Author : Vibhanshu Shekhar is an Adjunct Professor at American University.


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India and ASEAN: Perspective and Vision on the Indo-Pacific

By: Pankaj Jha

Page No : 183-191

Author : Dr. Pankaj K Jha is Professor with JSIA, O P Jindal Global University and Director of Centre for Security Studies (CSS). He is Executive Director of a research- oriented think tank known as CESCUBE. Dr. Pankaj Jha was Director (Research) with Indian Council of World Affairs for more than two and half years (2014-2017).


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The Arctic Sea Routes and the Indian Ocean

By: Anil Kumar Chawla

Page No : 193-202

Author : Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, PhD (Retd.) was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command prior to his retirement in November 2021.


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India and ASEAN: Perspectives and Opportunities

By: Anshu Joshi

Page No : 203-210

Despite strengthened multilateral efforts to ensure global peace and security in past few years, Russia and Ukraine war could not be stopped. On the other hand, another warfront opened in the Levant region where Israel and Hamas are affianced in a violent conflict. Amid various such global challenges and reinforced lobby politics, the strategic importance of Indian Ocean Region and Indo-Pacific remains cumulative from a global as well as regional security’s point of view. Apart from various bilateral efforts, nations are also strengthening multilateral platforms to ensure security, stability and neutrality of IOR as well as Indo-Pacific. Re-boosted partnership between India and ASEAN can be quoted as an example here. Keeping the present geo-politics in focus, the article analyses the re-strengthened partnership between India and ASEAN.
Global politics is an interesting yet complex maze where various players keep playing to attain, maintain and grow their power. In this power game, the players collaborate with each other or compete depending on the geo-political situations around. These players also act inversely at different levels, like two nations may have hostility at bilateral level but they choose to collaborate at multilateral level, and vice versa. Their behaviour depends on the larger picture of global affairs, geo-politics as well as their ambitions and objectives. This keeps global politics dynamic.

Author : Dr. Anshu Joshi is Faculty at Centre for Canadian, US and Latin American Studies, School of International Studies, JNU. She has written over 200 articles and five books, and is a TV panellist on reputed news channels for debates on global affairs.


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India’s Engagement with ASEAN

By: Dinesh Kumar Pandey

Page No : 211-222

India’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a strategic alliance to foster peace, stability, and economic success in the IndoPacific area. This collaboration is driven by mutually agreed-upon principles and standards that have been in place since its establishment in 1992. The ASEAN-India Joint Statement on Cooperation on the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific for Peace, Stability, and Prosperity in the Region adopted the 18th ASEAN-India Summit, reiterates the dedication to advancing the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership and upholding the ‘ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP)’ goals and principles. The AOIP and India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) have common values in advocating peace and cooperation. The need of time is to explore measures to execute the AOIP using intensified collaboration with a particular emphasis on maritime cooperation, connectivity, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and potential areas of economic cooperation. Indian initiatives aim to attain tranquilly and economic well-being in the area. The sustenance of efforts by all the players is vital for the desired productivity.

Author : Gr. Capt. (Dr) Dinesh Kumar Pandey, served the Indian Air force for more than three decades in various capacities and with a vast experience of more than 2500 air combats, Prof (Dr.) DK Pandey retired as the Group Captain in IAF. He was a professor at the School of Business (Aviation Management) at Galgotias University. With many research papers for journals and websites to his credit, he is currently a ‘Senior Fellow’ at CAPS. His study areas are Air Power, International Relations and Strategic Geopolitical dynamics.


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India and ASEAN: Visions and Perspectives

By: Akhilesh Chandra Prabhakar

Page No : 223-239

Author : Dr. Akhilesh Chandra Prabhakar is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Economics, Department of Business Studies, University of Technology, Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea.


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Book Review
Shiraishi Takashi– “Maritime Asia Vs Continental Asia, National Strategies in a Region of Change”, Lynne Rienner Publishers, London 2021, page: 216, Price: ` 2,999.00/

By: Neeta M. Khandpekar

Page No : 251-243

Author : Dr. Neeta M Khandpekar, D. Litt., Professor, Department of History, University of Mumbai, Mumbai–400 098

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Regional News and Views

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Page No : 245-250

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Instruction to the Author

Readers are encouraged to contribute articles for the Journal of Indian Ocean Studies. Generally, a theme for each issue is decided three months in advance. Articles are therefore expected to fall within/connected to the theme. However, papers/articles related to aspects of maritime economy, maritime security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific, will also be welcome. The following template/style is preferred:

Word Length: 3000-3500


The article should not include an abstract, but an introduction or preamble is preferable. If desired, group headings may be used to discuss factors.

Citations: Footnotes

To enquire about the next Issue’s theme and for sending articles, the Managing Editor may be contacted at:-


Phone: +91 9650691602

Word Length: 3000-3500

The article should not include an abstract, but an introduction or preamble is preferable. If desired, group headings may be used to discuss factors.

Citations: Footnotes

To enquire about the next Issue’s theme and for sending articles, the Managing Editor may be contacted at:-
Phone: +91 9650691602

Every precaution is taken by the editors of the Journal of Indian Ocean Studies to guard against any violation of publication ethics by the contributors. To this end, the journal follows the following norms:

  1. Manuscript submitted by the contributor must be an original contribution not published earlier anywhere or in any form, 
  2. Any material or quotation from another author/source cited in the manuscript must be duly acknowledged. 
  3. No offensive language should be used by the contributors. In case, the manuscript or any part of it is found containing an offensive language or a phrase against diplomatic protocol towards any person, organisation or country, it will be outright rejected by the editors. 
  4. The authors will be solely responsible for the facts and figures mentioned in their articles.

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