Experts came together to discuss “Exploring India-U.S. Cooperation: Safeguarding Prosperity in the Indian Ocean” at a workshop in Mumbai, Feb. 6-9. The three-day workshop was co-hosted by the Observer Research Foundation (Delhi) and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu).
“This workshop helped to build a shared understanding of opportunities in the Indian Ocean across a far-flung maritime community,” said workshop lead, APCSS professor Kerry Nankivell.
She added that it brought together a diverse group stakeholders and commentators from both countries, representing views including defense, foreign affairs, trade, law enforcement, and customs and immigration. Participants compared national and agency perspectives and identified and prioritized opportunities in the maritime domain.
The invitation-only workshop is envisioned as the first in a series of focused discussions involving the United States and India on themes related to the maritime domain of the wider Indo-Pacific region.
The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a Department of Defense academic institute that addresses regional and global security issues. Military and civilian representatives, most from the U.S. and Asia-Pacific nations, participate in a comprehensive program of executive education, professional exchanges and outreach events, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The Center supports the U.S. Pacific Command by developing and sustaining relationships among security practitioners and national security establishments throughout the region. APCSS’ mission is to build capacities and communities of interest by educating, connecting, and empowering security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security. It is one of the Department of Defense’s five regional security studies centers.
Observer Research Foundation is known among policy makers, both in India and abroad, as a place pulsating with fresh promises and ideas. Ideas are what shape public policy think tanks. Ideas are an expression of unfettered curiosity and an urge to explore ways and means to find solutions to vexed issues that affect us. The Foundation’s activities can be neatly divided into two categories: Projects and Events. Both are an intrinsic part of the Foundation’s objective in shaping, influencing public opinion and creating viable, alternative policy options in areas as divergent as employment generation in backward districts and real-time strategies to counter Nuclear, Biological and Chemical threats.