Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback6 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

An article prepared for the [Los Angeles Times] Opinion section. Although a map of the Indian Ocean may give the impression of a self-contained geographic entity, this leads to oversimplification of the complex political relations that exist. Further, a viewpoint focused on the ocean itself is misleading in that it overemphasizes a naval strategic point of view to the exclusion of important political considerations. The Indian Ocean area in fact contains at least five important sub-areas whose diverse cultures, varying strategic positions, and different economic levels preclude any cohesive political or cultural integration. After discussing Soviet and U.S. maritime and political activity in the area, as well as Chinese Communist political interests, the author concludes that no single policy will suffice in either the strategic or the diplomatic aspects of international competition in the Indian Ocean area. To avoid a costly and counter-productive competitive naval buildup in the Indian Ocean, it is suggested that the United States actively seek a naval arms limitation agreement, with appropriate safeguards. 6 pp.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/principles.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.