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Crouching tiger, hidden dragon : the Indian Ocean and the maritime balance of power in historical perspective

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dc.contributor.author Chew, Emrys
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-05T09:32:27Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-05T09:32:27Z
dc.date.copyright 2007
dc.date.issued 2009-02-05T09:32:27Z
dc.identifier.citation Chew, E. (2007). Crouching tiger, hidden dragon : the Indian Ocean and the maritime balance of power in historical perspective. (RSIS Working Paper, No. 144). Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10220/4400
dc.description.abstract The Indian Ocean since ancient times was an important goe-strategic arena of inter-regional unities held together informally by trade winds and diplomatic relations. In the geographical and historical convergence of East and West, Asians, Africans and Europeans interacted with one another over a period of many centureis, participating in a sophisticated structure of commerce and politics underpinned by the system of monsoons. It was therefore only a matter of time before the 'balanced' geography of the Indian Ocean gave rise to balances of power. But when exactly, and how, did the geo-strategic, inter-regional character of the Indian Ocean translate into maritime balance-of-power considerations? This paper explores the historical roots and changing dynamics of that geopolitical equation. In so doing, it evaluates the evolving matrix of intra-regional and extra-regional players as well as the comparative importance of varieties of power in the Indian Ocean arean: 'hard' or 'soft', 'state' or 'non-state', 'land-based' or 'seaborne'. The paper then examines some of the long-term implications of these changing balances for the future of the region-especially in view of the present, concurrent rise of India and China.
dc.format.extent 34 p.
dc.relation.ispartofseries RSIS Working Papers ; 144/07
dc.rights Nanyang Technological University
dc.subject DRNTU::Social sciences::Military and naval science::Strategy::Asia
dc.title Crouching tiger, hidden dragon : the Indian Ocean and the maritime balance of power in historical perspective
dc.type Working Paper
dc.contributor.school S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

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