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.

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This issue of the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region includes a selection of papers from the second Indian Ocean Dialogue (IOD) held in Perth in September 2015. The Dialogue was opened by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and was attended by 80 government officials and representatives from civil society, drawn from 17 Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), four Dialogue Partners, and Observers. 
Held under the auspices of IORA, the Dialogue is an emerging Track 1.5 forum that brings together representatives of strategic and foreign policy communities to discuss maritime- related issues as part of the emergence of a vibrant Indian Ocean community. The participants in this year’s Dialogue discussed six key themes: cooperation in combating maritime trans-national crime; maritime security and regional defence cooperation; regional cooperation in search and rescue; Blue Economy; countering illegal fishing; and cooperation in humanitarian and disaster relief.  






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In particular, the journal aims to:

  • 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 

Special Edition July 2019

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in the Indian Ocean Region

Submission deadlines:

Abstracts: 30 August 2018

Full paper: 14 November 2018

Publication in hard copy: July 2019

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General Call for Papers

Themes of particular interest for 2018