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This week, Veerle is joined by Darshana Baruah, Visiting Fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo and non-resident scholar with the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Dhruva Jaishankar, Director of the US Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi and Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney.

Together, they explore the view of the Indo-Pacific from New Delhi. Driven in part by an evolving foreign and security policy trajectory within India and a changing regional security environment, India is set to take on a stronger role within the Indian Ocean Region and seek opportunities to assist partners in other parts of the Indo-Pacific. 

Darshana and Dhruva discuss traditional and non-traditional maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, the future of regional multilateral architecture, the role of small island states and middle powers, and new areas of cooperation and competition. The road ahead for UK-India cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, while promising, is not without its challenges. It will take political will on both sides to move this relationship forward. 

The idea of the Indo-Pacific as a theatre for influence and power is gaining prominence among governments and expert communities across the world.  

A number of regional and global powers with interests in the region, as well as groupings like ASEAN, have presented their own unique interpretations of the Indo-Pacific as a strategic concept that connects the Indian and Pacific Oceans along with their littoral states as an integrated arena for competition and collaboration 

Bridging the Oceans, hosted by Veerle Nouwens, will explore what the Indo-Pacific is, where its limits lie, and what the fast-evolving defence and security issues are in this dynamic part of the world.  

Together with a diverse range of expertsthe podcast will also analyse today’s top geopolitical questions in the Indo-Pacific, understand how these are seen within the region itself, and consider how these issues may impact countries outside the region, like the United Kingdom. 

Episodes will be published bi-weekly. and are part of our Navigating the Indo-Pacific programme

The show is produced by Tom Ascott. 

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The show is also available on Spotify and iTunes Podcasts. 


Veerle Nouwens
Research Fellow

Veerle Nouwens is a Research Fellow at the International Security Studies Department of the Royal United Services Institute, focusing on... read more

Aaditya Dave
Research Analyst
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