Nitin Pai: Policing the Indian Ocean

Anti-piracy operations are a credible indicator of India providing global public goods and securing the global commons

Somali pirates are now operating around 450 nautical miles off Mumbai. A retired US Navy Reserve officer plotted incidents of pirate attacks on a satellite map of the Indian Ocean to reveal a pattern that merits New Delhi’s attention. Over the last five years, Somali pirates have expanded the radius of their operations thousands of miles, from the waters off the Horn of Africa to the Arabian Sea off India’s economically dynamic western seaboard. Somali boats and nationals have been apprehended in Lakshadweep this year. At the heart of the matter is the lack of international ...