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South Africa and security building in the Indian Ocean Rim

CollectionsANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC)
Title: South Africa and security building in the Indian Ocean Rim
Author(s): Mills, Greg
Date published: 1998
Publisher: Canberra : Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, 1998.
Series/Report no.: Canberra papers on strategy and defence: No. 127
Description: 
Through an examination of the nature of the security agenda in Indian Ocean rim (IOR) states and in the light of ongoing diplomatic initiatives in the region, this study provides a number of policy guidelines both for assessing the likely success of the various IOR initiatives and, specifically, for addressing regional security difficulties. The IOR remains a diverse and geographically nebulous region in which there is no common view of security. There is also a danger that the embryonic IOR trade facilitation process may be undermined if security issues are handled within the first-track IOR Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC). Although the second-track diplomatic process may be a less contentious forum for dealing with these issues, the political will and the funding necessary for this to progress are currently lacking. Against a backdrop of the increasing importance of maritime issues in developing countries, naval cooperation could significantly enhance and improve regional confidence, and act also as a confidence-building measure. An IOR Naval Symposium, based on the template provided by the Western Pacific Naval Symposium, could be a most appropriate format for addressing IOR maritime issues.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/216577
ISBN: 731527453
Other Identifiers: b20259712

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