Indian Ocean Region

Maritime Regimes for Regional Cooperation

  • Manoj Gupta

Part of the The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific book series (PEAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction: Power of the Oceans Across Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Manoj Gupta
      Pages 3-14
  3. Ocean Governance, Regional Cooperation and Regime Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Manoj Gupta
      Pages 17-47
    3. Manoj Gupta
      Pages 49-68
  4. Indian Ocean Rim Power to Govern the Sea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Manoj Gupta
      Pages 183-202
  5. Conclusion: Power of the Sea from Coast to Coast

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-264

About this book


The Indian Ocean region is arguably one of the world’s least understood, yet its importance in geopolitics and international relations is greater than ever before. This book explores the concepts of regime theory, regional orders and ocean governance to critically assess the effectiveness of maritime regimes, something that not been attempted before for the Indian Ocean Region. This study employs the theoretical framework of international regimes in the context of ocean governance by developing a new model, which is used to test the regimes’ effectiveness.

This book addresses the analytical gap in our understanding about the strategic importance of the Indian Ocean as a region in contemporary world geopolitics and international relations. Case studies display the groundwork for regional cooperation in the maritime realm laid by Indian Ocean countries, and the effectiveness of current political leadership is addressed. There is considerable value in looking at the Indian Ocean as a region for future analysis of maritime regimes, and this book proposes that international maritime regimes can expand regional cooperation in the Indian Ocean to create a new geopolitical region. The interdisciplinary approach presented draws on historical analysis, international maritime law, political science, international relations and the literature on regime theory and will be of interest to academics in those fields as well as policy-makers concerned with maritime issues.

This book is original in many ways and makes a significant contribution to the knowledge on the Indian Ocean. The book is well researched and documented with a very creative approach in regimes to ocean governance and regional cooperation in international relations. This book is particularly eloquent and helpful in developing an understanding of maritime regimes in the Indian Ocean. The book offers a refreshing and original approach to overcoming the difficulties of developing Indian Ocean cooperation.

Professor Dr. Hasjim Djalal

This book presents a thoughtful and careful analysis of regional Indian Ocean issues, based on extensive and difficult research. It helps readers understand what has been accomplished in the region, but also what remains to be done. The author provides a road map for the countries of this region to follow and challenges them to work together more effectively in the future.

Professor Jon Van Dyke


Governance Indian Ocean Maritime Regime Building Policy Political Science Politics Regime Theory Structuration Theory bibliography cooperation geopolitics international relations

Authors and affiliations

  • Manoj Gupta
    • 1
  1. 1.CanberryAustralia

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