A new policy brief from Stable Seas measures and maps various maritime security issues across the Bay of Bengal region. Building off the recent release of the in-depth report Stable Seas: Bay of Bengal and expanded Maritime Security Index, the brief looks at the maritime security challenges that face the region and what can be done to address them. The document dives deep into each of the nine maritime security issue areas covered in the Index for all the states along the Bay of Bengal littoral.
The brief pays particular attention to the role of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). BIMSTEC is well-placed to play a leading role in facilitating maritime cooperation in the region. The brief details the potential of BIMSTEC to play such a role and suggests a few areas of potential policy prioritization for consideration as the region develops collaborative solutions to its maritime security challenges.