Brazilian and Indian Maritime Security Issues: differences in influence-building approaches

Probal K. Ghosh, Kai Michael Kenkel, Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto

Abstract


Emerging powers have often employed diverse strategies to gain influence in their regions. This article explores and compares the maritime regional influence-building pro- cesses spearheaded by Brazil and India. We identify geo- political variables that influence the permanence of dis- cursive region-building strategies that involve: sustained interaction with coastal states; the generation of sufficient maritime consciousness/awareness; strategic importance, either in geopolitical or in economic terms; and acceptan- ce of the proposing state’s claim to a leadership role bac- ked by power projection capabilities. These concepts are explored in the contexts of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, revealing the limits imposed on influence-buil- ding by geopolitical factors.

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maritime security. India. Brazil. Indian Ocean Region. South Atlantic Ocean

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