The Journal of the Indian Ocean Region (Taylor and Francis) is the flagship journal of IORG Inc. The journal is also affiliated with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Academic Group. It publishes interdisciplinary social science and policy research on the nature and impact of the human uses of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), and works to increase knowledge of a wide range of traditional and non-traditional security threats in order to maintain peace and stability in the IOR.

The journal seeks research articles, discussion papers, policy papers and book reviews on geopolitical, security, economic, socio-cultural, environmental, scientific and technological issues relevant to the Indian Ocean region such as:

  • regional geopolitics;

  • resource exploitation;

  • conservation;

  • maritime jurisdiction, coastal management, ocean laws, maritime security;

  • underdevelopment;

  • the problems of small island states;

  • human and environmental security;

  • human trade and cooperation

Interstate relations and non-traditional security threats thus constitute the substantive, but not necessarily exclusive, contents of the JIOR.

In particular, the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region seeks to:

  • Encourage research on geopolitical, security, economic, socio-cultural, environmental, scientific and technological issues relevant to the Indian Ocean region

  • Promote dialogue on the peaceful uses and ecologically sustainable development of maritime resources based on the principle of Common Heritage

  • Foster interstate cooperation in the sustainable management of ocean resources and the peaceful resolution of maritime disputes

  • Ensure a holistic discourse on the human and environmental security of the region among its states, peoples and communities

  • Contribute to an understanding of the causes as well as the effects of a wide range of non-traditional Regional security threats

  • Facilitate information flow and discussion on international maritime regimes and the rights of states and local communities representing the Indian Ocean region

  • Initiate informed policy debate among governments, NGOs, business groups, academics and other stakeholders in the Indian Ocean region on issues of common concern

Instructions for authors can be found here.


Upcoming Calls for Papers (for publication in July and November 2019)


Indian Ocean Region: Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

for publication in July 2019.

As the world observes more climate related destruction and natural catastrophes, resilience and adaptation to climate change impacts is increasingly at the forefront of public policy concerns.

The Indian Ocean region is especially vulnerable to climate change destruction. The Indian Ocean has traditionally been the neglected ocean, seen as marginal to global centres of power and conflict. The Indian Ocean has been rightly described as the “Heart of the Third World” or the “Ocean of the South”, with low per capita income and low levels of development in the majority of countries. From a situation of relative neglect, however, the 21st century has seen a global upsurge in interest in the Indian Ocean region on the part of policy-makers, business people, academics, associated in part with a growing realisation of its geostrategic significance.

Climate change adaptation can provide an opportunity to change from the usual business-as-usual practices which have degraded ecosystems and undermined the human societies that depend on them. Pressing environmental issues including climate change and its associated effects on fisheries, food, water, energy, migration, and unregulated fishing have become the political currency with which to forge more cooperative visions and policies in the region.

The language of human and environmental security now seems paramount and the discourse of non-traditional security appears to be a key site of regional bridge-building between states and between state and non-state actors. This Call for Papers invites research that envisions human and environment problem-solving as a lynchpin of cooperative models of regional security and prosperity. We encourage research that helps to build an Indian Ocean region and foster collaboration and cooperative ventures. Using the frame of climate change adaptation and resilience as the organising principle, we invite research that helps create a region which has the potential to provide secure access for individual citizens of all countries in the Indian Ocean Region to basic nutrition; adequate access to healthy environments; appropriate shelter; and the security to practice a diverse range of livelihoods that are culturally and ecologically determined.

Key Themes include (but are not limited to):

 ·       Sustainable resource development strategies

·       Renewable energy projects

·       Delta agriculture

·       Natural disaster responses and governance

·       Coastal pollution

·       Role of state and non-state actors, and cooperation between them; sub-regional actors, formal and informal (BIMSTEC; Gulf Cooperation Council, African Union, IORA, private business, civil society; community participation, etc.)

·       Comparative or regional case studies

·       Case studies from individual states with broader application across the region;

·       Reviews of current policy, policy networks; legal or governance frameworks, or explorations of future ones; regulatory webs, and softer forms of regional and sub-regional governance


Abstracts due: 30 September 2018

Submit full paper: 14 November 2018

Publication in hard copy: July 2019

Queries and submissions should be directed to the Commissioning Editor, Dr. Adela Alfonsi:


Maritime Order and Connectivity in the Indian Ocean: The Renewed Significance of the Bay of Bengal

For publication in November 2019. Matters maritime have garnered renewed focus over the last few years. Despite the fact that seas and oceans have had a vast impact on civilizations for centuries, for many decades during the latter half of the past century the attention of countries had shifted from a maritime perspective to a continental one. With remarkably growing economic interdependencies post globalization and with the rise of China as the world’s biggest manufacturer and an emerging maritime power, the significance of maritime connectivity has come back to the fore. This is especially true for the Indian Ocean Region, which is surrounded by many littoral countries that are becoming economically stronger and politically more visible. And in the Indian Ocean Region, the Bay of Bengal holds the key to act as the forerunner for enhanced bilateral and multilateral engagement.

Given that besides major Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOCs), the busiest shipping route – the East-West shipping route – passes very close to the Bay of Bengal, the importance of this maritime space in global geopolitics is immense. Because of this, there are possibilities of this maritime space being witness to conflict. It is imperative therefore to put in place mechanisms that would deter conflict and instead facilitate dialogue and constructive engagement among the major actors. Security and the sustainable exploitation of maritime resources are vital for avoiding an adverse circumstance that would be detrimental to the regional dynamics of not only trade but also maritime security.

In this dynamic situation, it is important to understand two broad aspects: a) the interests of local, regional as well as global powers; and b) the key threats that pose a risk to free and open maritime space and sustainable exploitation of maritime resources. There is a renewed drive to revive the age-old sea links that once connected the coastal areas of littorals in multiple ways. Presently, the extent of maritime connectivity among rim states in this region varies, and often, these links are subject to political shifts which affect seamless operations. Improved connectivity would facilitate enhanced economic exchanges, and also have a positive impact on cultural and political ties. In addition to this, better maritime links would also make way for improved security of the oceans and thus in turn lead to better management of resources.

The need for a rules-based maritime order as crucial to safeguarding the oceans and seas has been underscored repeatedly in recent years. The acknowledgement and echoing of such a format of maritime order signals the intent of countries concerned to maintain the stability and operability in the Bay and in the larger Indian Ocean space. Acknowledging the vital need for safeguarding the Bay of Bengal, this issue of the Journal of Indian Ocean Region would delve into the following broad themes:

a.      What makes the Bay of Bengal vital to geopolitics and geo-economics?

b.     The centrality of connectivity in the Bay.

c.      Key threats in the Bay of Bengal.

d.     Can there be functional alliances or will there be persistent uncertainties?

e.      Is it time for a rules-based order in the Bay for maritime governance?

Articles in this issue of the Journal would deliberate these pressing concerns and estimate the possibilities of establishing and maintaining secure maritime spaces for strengthened connectivity.

Please submit your proposal before 15 September 2018 to the Commissioning Editor of the journal: Dr. Adela Alfonsi:

Special Edition November 2019       

Guest Editors: Prof. Rakhahari Chatterji, Advisor, ORF Kolkata

Dr. Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury, Fellow, ORF Kolkata

Submission deadlines:

Abstracts: 31 October 2018

Full paper: 31 January 2019

Publication in hard copy: November