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Center Stage for the Twenty-first Century

Power Plays in the Indian Ocean

Author: Robert D. Kaplan
March/April 2009
Foreign Affairs

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Already the world's preeminent energy and trade interstate seaway, the Indian Ocean will matter even more in the future. One reason is that India and China, major trading partners locked in an uncomfortable embrace, are entering into a dynamic great-power rivalry in these waters—a competition that the United States, although now a declining hegemon, can keep in check by using its navy to act as a sea-based balancer.

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