November 17, 2014

W'S MOST IMPORTANT LEGACY:

The Emerging India-Australia Maritime Relationship : Narendra Modi is making a triumphant tour of Australia at an interesting time in bilateral relations. (Abhijit Singh, November 17, 2014, The Diplomat)

Engaging with the Indian expatriate community is, indeed, fast becoming Modi's signature move on his tours abroad. There is nothing quite as effective as mass fervor in conveying political strength and India's charismatic premier realizes its inherent potential. From a foreign policy and regional security perspective, however, it is Modi's meeting with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott that promises a more interesting outcome.

There are a number of issues for discussion, but one that is likely to top strategic agenda is "maritime security." Ever since Canberra officially declared its interests in the Indian Ocean last year, there has been speculation in the strategic community about an evolving maritime coalition in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Indeed, Australia has in recent years sought to strengthen its nautical posture in the Indian Ocean, reviving its ties with regional states. It is, however, the vigorous pursuit of its relationship with India that has provided evidence of Canberra's desire to play a larger security role in the IOR.

Maritime watchers point out that Australia's consistent efforts for a deeper, more purposeful maritime association with India have begun to bear fruit.

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