Historically, the seas have played a role to integrate regions beyond land-based borders. The Bay of Bengal is the conspicuous example of this phenomenon. In the past, the Bay have not attracted much attention in the world of politics, despite its role to connect South Asia and Southeast Asia. However, it is shifting to a theater of geopolitical competition as well as economic prosperity in recent years.
This monograph demonstrates how South Asia and Southeast Asia have been intermingled politically and economically through the Bay, highlights some economic and geopolitical challenges emerging in the region, and finally suggests some key elements for Japan and the U.S. to cooperate for the region.
Table of Contents
Chapter I: The Strategic Geography of the Bay of Bengal
Chapter II: Historical Perspectives: Between Integration and Autarky
Chapter III: Country Perspectives: The Shifting Profile of Political Risk
Chapter IV: Economic Forces for Change
Chapter V: China’s Deepening Influence
Chapter VI: India’s Response