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      <Volume-Issue>Volume 2, Special Issue II</Volume-Issue>
      <Season>April 2021</Season>
      <ArticleType>Strategic Studies</ArticleType>
      <ArticleTitle>Role of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indo-Pacific: India__ampersandsign#39;s Eastern Anchor</ArticleTitle>
      <Abstract>The Indo-Pacific becomes the geopolitically contested zone in the twenty first century. The Indian Ocean that had remained quiet after the cold war is emerging as a critical hotspot for geostrategic competition in the Indo-Pacific. In History, Islands played a vital role in shaping the maritime interest of the nations. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have rich maritime history right from the Chola dynasty to the Second World War. The strategic location of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offers India an opportunity to alter its maritime dynamics in the eastern Indo-Pacific. These islands are critically situated near the western entrance of the Strait of Malacca, Indonesia and Myanmar. The Andaman Sea is the key to busiest SLOCs, especially the shipping route that passes through just south of the Nicobar Islands into the Strait of Malacca. Further in view of India-China maritime competition in the IOR, these Islands gain strategic significance.&#13;
In the Post-Cold War era, India lacked in the appreciation of the importance of these Islands in terms of Development, Connectivity, Commerce and Security. Indian Prime Minister Modi’s recent doctrine and policies towards these islands will come to play a dominant role in shaping the new order in the eastern Indo-Pacific region. These formerly neglected Islands have now become one of the emerging hotspots as they are proving to be vital to India’s aspiration of being a ‘net security provider’ in the region.&#13;
This paper attempts to analyze the emerging significance of Andaman and Nicobar Islands for India in the context of the Indo-Pacific and enumerates its strategic advantages.</Abstract>
      <Keywords>Indo-Pacific region,The Andaman and Nicobar Islands,Sea lanes of Commerce,MILAN,SIMBEX,Andaman and Nicobar Tri-Service Command,Indian Ocean region</Keywords>
        <Abstract>https://ejsss.net.in/ubijournal-v1copy/journals/abstract.php?article_id=9675&amp;title=Role of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indo-Pacific: India__ampersandsign#39;s Eastern Anchor</Abstract>
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