||Amit A. Pandya, Rupert Herbert-Burns, Junko Kobayashi
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Globalization - or global economic integration - is among the handful of organizing principles for contemporary international relations. It lias assumed a status as an analytical and explanatory tool on a par with traditional considerations such as geo-strategic location, national military power, size and natural resource endowment of territories, level of industrial development and human elements such as demography, educational endowment and culture. In addition to extensive research in the trade and academic press, this volume is based on field visits and interviews with scholars, government officials, and regulators, mariners, port officials and business executives in several sectors of the shipping industry. The authors visited ports and other maritime institutions in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia. India, Bangladesh. Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya and Mauritius. Stimson's work on the Indian Ocean region began as part of a project conducted between 2007 and 2010 entitled Regional Voices: Transnational Challenges. That project sought to delineate and describe, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, the emerging security trends and challenges (environmental, economic, demographic, institutional, and in the reahn of ideas) in the countries of Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and East Africa - in other words, most of the countries of the Indian Ocean littoral.