Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 06/2012

All Roads Lead to the Indian Ocean

Sumathy Permal

January 2012

Maritime Institute of Malaysia


The strategic importance of the Indian Ocean is more pronounced now than ever and it faces a growing number of challenges that may threaten its security. Malaysia, as a littoral state of the ocean, needs to examine its interests there and come up with options to safeguard them