India’s Island Territories: Strategic Significance in Securing IOR

India’s Island Territories: Strategic Significance in Securing IORBy Akshat Upadhyay IntroductionThe Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is a vast expanse of land and sea mass, third in area to the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. The importance of IOR can be gauged from the fact that nearly 17 million tons of oil transits the region every day which includes on an annual basis 58 and 46 per cent of the world’s estimated crude oil and natural gas trade, respectively. The economic as well as strategic relevance of this region is augmented by three defining attributes: existing and future reserves of oil and gas; transportation of crude, refined products, and liquefied gases via sea lines of communication (SLOCs) and pipelines; and the refining, storage, and re-distribution nodes that are ...
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