The Great Game in the Indo-Pacific: A Pivot to India

Editor: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Associate Editors: Air Commodore Savinder Pal Singh | Mahima Duggal

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This book presents a comprehensive overview of the Indo-Pacific region by assessing the complex and intricate geopolitics and strategic overtures in the region, with a particular focus on their implications for India.

Unique in its approach, this book is comprehensive and future-oriented. It brings together the vast and diverse sub-themes on the Indo-Pacific while placing India at the center and mapping its prospects in the road ahead. Not only is the Indo-Pacific a pivotal part of India’s foreign policy, but New Delhi’s role in the Indo-Pacific theatre is considered crucial by regional and international stakeholders. The compilation of chapters by distinguished experts and scholars explores three key themes: India’s emerging power and the rise of the Indo-Pacific, India as a critical link in the Quad diamond, and India’s connection with actors beyond the Quad. Through these themes, the book provides a multidisciplinary and multinational approach to the India’s role in the strategic regional landscape, with a focus on security through a discussion of India’s air and naval strategies to respond to the growing flux in the region.

Offering a timely insight into India’s position and posture in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as its future trajectory, this book will be a valuable resource for India’s military and strategic community, as well as international audiences looking as India’s growing role in the region and beyond.

Editor: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Associate Editors: Air Commodore Savinder Pal Singh | Mahima Duggal

Editor

Air Marshal Anil Chopra, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd) was a fighter pilot, test pilot, and a pioneer of the Mirage-2000 fleet. He commanded a Mirage-2000 Squadron and the Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE). He was the Team Leader of the MiG-21 Bison upgrade project in Russia. He has commanded operational air bases in both the Western and Eastern Sectors. He was head of the IAF in J&K, and head of the inspections of the IAF. He retired as Air Officer Personnel. He has been a member of the Armed Forces Tribunal, and a member of the Executive Council of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). An avid writer and author. Currently, he is Director General, Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
List of Tables and Figures
List of Abbreviations

Part I: India’s Emerging Power and the Rise of the Indo-Pacific

1. US-China Strategic Competition in Indo-Pacific
Anil Chopra

2. India and the Western Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities
Joshy M Paul

3. Contest on the Waterfront: Limitations and Aspirations of India’s Naval Strategy
Anil Jai Singh

4. Changing Balance of Air Power in the Indo-Pacific
Savinder Pal Singh

Part II: India: A Critical Link in the Quad Diamond

5. India-Japan Security Partnership: Convergence of Ideas, Interests and Strategies
Shamshad A. Khan

6. Accelerating India-Australia Cooperation for a Secure and Prosperous Indo-Pacific
Peter Layton

7. The US’ Indo-Pacific Strategy and the Role of India
Stuti Banerjee

8. The Strategic Imperatives of the Quad: Prospects for the Future
Hina Pandey

Part III: Moving Beyond the Quad

9. India-ASEAN Geoeconomic Engagement in the Indo-Pacific: Potential Role of Rare Earth Elements
Neha Mishra

10. Tracing the Connection: Indo-Pacific and Persian Gulf in India’s Maritime Strategy
Anu Sharma

11. Taiwan-India Security Cooperation in the New Indo-Pacific Order
MrittikaGuha Sarkar

12. Exploring an Indo-Russian Congruence in the Indo-Pacific
Rajorshi Roy

13. Europe’s Interest in the Indo-Pacific and the Rise of Aukus
Mahima Duggal

14. Making Capital of Quad Plus
Jagannath Panda

Conclusion
Mahima Duggal

Editors and Contributors

Index

 

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