KDU Book Launch Comprehensive Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region: Challenges and Opportunities

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) organized a book launch on 06 October 2020, to launch the edited book Comprehensive Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region: Challenges and Opportunities published by KDU with Knowledge World (KW) Publishers, New Delhi.

The edited book publishes research on Non-Traditional Maritime Security issues such as Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment, Illegal Fishing in South Asia and Illegal Seaborne Migration from South Asia to Australia in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) within a Comprehensive Maritime Security approach focusing on the need to understand Maritime Security comprehensively and holistically. Several chapters in this edited book also emphasize links between Non-Traditional Maritime Security and National Interests and Security. The book was edited by Dr. Sithara Fernando, Department of Strategic Studies, Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies, KDU. Scholars and experts from Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand contributed to this edited book.

Admiral Professor Jayanath Kolombage a former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka graced the event as the Chief Guest, and Major General Milinda Peiris, the Vice Chancellor of KDU welcomed the Chief Guest and the other distinguished guests. The representatives of leading think tanks in Sri Lanka such as, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies; Professor Gamini Keerawella, the Executive Director, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS); Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS); and Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja Executive Director, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKI) were among the distinguished guests who graced this event.

Admiral Kolombage delivering the Key Note Address emphasized that the Indian Ocean’s security was a crucial aspect for the national security of the neighbouring countries.