The Indo-Pacific and Non-Traditional Security Issues
The concept of Indo-Pacific has a long history. German scholar Karl Haushofer referred
to Indo-Pacific in the 1920s.1 Subsequently, Kalidas Nag also referred to the Indo-Pacific
while explaining about India’s cultural presence (Nag, 1941). More recently, the Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe2 in his speech in the Indian parliament alluded to the Indo-Pacific. While
the earlier conceptualisations were based on notions of shared culture, the articulations of Indo-Pacific construct in the 21st Century were also driven by security considerations. The shifting of balance of power, and rapid buildup in the defence capabilities of the various countries clearly suggested an evolving security linkage between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean
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