Walter C. Ladwig III

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  • Walter C. Ladwig III is a PhD candidate in International Relations at Merton College, University of Oxford, and an Associate of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at King's College London. Research for this article was conducted while he was a Predoctoral Fellow of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

    A Neo-Nixon Doctrine for the Indian Ocean: Helping States Help Themselves

    In recent years the Indian Ocean has received significant attention from the defence-intellectual community in the United States. However, the actual strategic importance of the region to US interests is less clear. In an environment of fiscal austerity, if commitments abroad are not firmly linked to interests, any significant involvement in a region of secondary concern could contribute to ‘imperial overstretch’.

    May 2012