Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Setting and Features

"The Indian Ocean is an economic, energy, cultural and military highway of considerable strategic importance. As maritime power in the Indian Ocean and power projection into it are common historical features, Indian Ocean maritime security is multifaceted and dynamic. This paper deals with maritime security in the Indian Ocean and focuses on the strategic value of the Indian Ocean, maritime security characteristics and threats (specifically military aspects, sea lanes of communication, maritime piracy, port security, ocean resource security, smuggling and human trafficking, non-state threats and the outsourcing of security), as well as potential responses such as sub-regional and multinational cooperation."