Maritime Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean & the Next Defence White Paper

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Date(s) - 04/02/2013
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Monash Asia Institute, Room H5.95, Building H

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2013 MAI Occasional Seminar No. 1

Dr. Alexey D. Muraviev
Curtin University

Historically, Australia’s strategic interests have been with East Asia. Over the past six or so years we have observed a gradual expansion of our strategic vision, which now embraces the Indian Ocean region. The 2009 Australian Defence White paper identified the Indian Ocean as an area of growing strategic importance for the nation. It is likely that the forthcoming review of the 2009 paper will further reflect on this critical area.

The future security and prosperity of this increasingly important geopolitical area will largely be dependent upon the strategic stability of the regional maritime domain, which is very complex.

Currently, the major challenges to the maritime security in the Indian Ocean range from asymmetric threats such as maritimised organised crimes, including piracy and armed robbery and occasional incidents of maritime terrorism, to interstate naval rivalry, growing foreign naval presence, to the deployment of nuclear weapons at sea.

This presentation will review major strategic challenges to the Indian Ocean maritime security and will attempt to identity major strategic issues for Australia.

Alexey D. Muraviev is the Head of the Department of Social Sciences and International Studies at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is a Coordinator of the International Relations and National Security programs and the founder and Director of the Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy at Curtin.  He has published widely on matters of national and international security. His research interests include problems of modern maritime power, contemporary defence and strategic policy, Russia’s strategic and defence policy, Russia is a Pacific power, transnational terrorism, Australian national security, and other.