Abstract: The “Maritime Security” and “Blue Economy” are the two latest innovations in International Relations (IR). As the concept maritime security and blue economy has begun to form an international multi-disciplinary forum, where researchers along with practitioners are working towards understanding these two new concepts with an aim to define the problem in the maritime domain. India is not new to this concept, and is investing to safeguard in maritime domain as well as in blue growth to sustain economic growth. India with a vast coastline has a huge potential to utilize the coast and ocean to expand its economic growth. This also reinforces the strong sense of security measure both at the institutional and operative level to safeguard 7516 km coastline. India’s vast coastline is vulnerable to seaborne threats like piracy, terrorism, smuggling and other unlawful activity. In the post-26/11 attack on Mumbai, India has taken a strong security measure to protect the coastline from external security threats. At the same time, one cannot overlook the emerging challenges like Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, impact of sea-level raising on coastal marine environments, natural calamities like tsunami, Cyclone etc, which are posing a threat to coastal states and its economies. Therefore, to understand the newer challenges in the maritime domain, the talk is structured to focus on the most intriguing concepts “Maritime Security and Blue economy.” Further, the talk will highlight some crucial challenges to the blue economy and the way forward to find a suitable policy measure to address these challenges.
About the speaker: Prakash Panneerselvam, PhD is an Assistant Professor in International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), NIAS, Bengaluru.