JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

The Rise of the Bengal Tigers: The Growing Strategic Importance of the Bay of Bengal

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  • April 2015
    Volume: 
    9
    Issue: 
    2
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    The Bay of Bengal region is now growing in economic and strategic importance. The good economic prospects of many Bay of Bengal states are making the region a cockpit for Asian growth and a key economic connector between East and South Asia. This article looks at strategic developments in the Bay of Bengal and their implications for our understanding of the Indo-Pacific. It argues that the Bay of Bengal needs to be understood as a region with its own particular strategic dynamics and issues. The area is fast becoming a key zone of strategic competition in Asia and is of vital strategic importance to India.

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