Resources & Climate

Indian Ocean Rising: Maritime and Security Policy Challenges

The Indian Ocean represents an increasingly significant avenue for global trade and an arena for global security. Growing prosperity in Asia; increasing dependence on natural-resource flows linking producers and consumers across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia; and globalized supply chains and distribution networks are knitting the region ever more closely together by sea. At the same time, emerging problems – ranging from piracy, prospective naval rivalries among rising powers, and territorial disputes in the regional seas to global environmental pressures on marine resources and coastal infrastructure – pose significant governance challenges for policy makers around the Indian Ocean region.


A new Stimson publication, Indian Ocean Rising, assesses the emerging security, socio-economic, commercial, and environmental trends that will shape the region in the coming decades and examines their implications for decision makers and stakeholders.

Panel of international experts featuring:

Rupert Herbert-Burns (Royal Naval Reserve)
Director, Triton Consulting; previously Director of Intelligence at Lloyd’s Marine Intelligence Unit

Mat Burrows
Counselor, The National Intelligence Council; Director of the Analysis and Production Staff, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

David Goldwyn 
President, Goldwyn Global Strategies; previously State Department Coordinator for International Energy Affairs (2009-2011)

Caitlyn Antrim
Executive Director, Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans

David Michel
Director, Environmental Security Program, Stimson



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