The India–France partnership could form the model for burden-sharing between India and its Western friends.
While partnerships between big and middle powers will determine the balance of power in the region, islands will shape the new framework for a security architecture.
Faced with growing geopolitical turbulence and more aggressive maritime maneuvering, India and France are eager to expand their strategic engagement in the Indo-Pacific.
Looking beyond the traditional areas of high-technology and defence cooperation, and the more recent focus on global mitigation of climate change, New Delhi and Paris appear ready to lend a strong regional dimension to their strategic partnership.
As President Xi Jinping presses ahead with his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, New Delhi finds itself torn between the inviting prospects of modernizing India’s regional connectivity and the perceived negative political consequences of the initiative.
Participants discussed strengthening maritime collaboration between India and the UK.
India’s engagements in the emerging Indo-Pacific security architecture should be reexamined to reflect new regional realities.
India today has a serious chance to transform its navy from a reactive to a proactive one.
The Bay of Bengal’s littoral states must find a way to build appropriate institutions that provide a framework for engaging with extra-regional powers and building havens of cooperation.
As the U.S. commitment to NATO comes under question and countries grapple with Chinese and Russian assertiveness, there is a heavier burden on regional powers to take on more responsibility in the Middle East and in the Indian Ocean.