By Anthony H. Cordesman, Abdullah Toukan
Feb 20, 2014
The IOR is one of the most complex regions in the world in human terms. It includes a wide variety of different races, cultures and religions. The level of political stability, the quality of governance, demographic pressures, ethnic and sectarian tensions, and the pace of economic growth create a different mix of opportunity and risk in each state. This can affect mid and long-term development, and sometimes creates near term problems in stability that can trigger internal or civil conflict.
The Burke Chair is issuing a new analysis of the region entitled The Indian Ocean Region: A Strategic Net Assessment. This document is available in a final review draft on the CISIS web site at http://csis.org/files/publication/140220_IOR_Strategic_Net_Assessment.pdf.
The Contents of the Net Assessment
The study provides a comprehensive overview of the subregions and countries in the region, drawing heavily on a new Country Risk Assessment Model developed by Dr. Abdullah Toukan, a Senior Associate with the Burke Chair at CSIS. It provides detailed graphs, tables, and maps covering the IOR as a whole, each major subregion, and each of the 32 countries in the region as well as the impact of US and Chinese military forces.