The South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean: Comparative Perspectives on Regional Security, Peace and Cooperation, and Blue Economies

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This seminar brought together experts to discuss key issues that impact Brazil and India, two rising powers with growing maritime concerns. We discussed key issues on regional security, peacebuilding, and economic development in the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean.

We encouraged all those interested in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions to attend.

The insights gained from this seminar will be of value to policymakers, academics, and business leaders who want to gain a better understanding of the complexities and opportunities in these regions. This will be a great opportunity for learning, discussing, and networking.

This project was led by four PhD students from King’s College London and from Escola de Guerra Naval (Brazilian Naval War College), with specialisations on: the Zone of Peace and Cooperation of the South Atlantic (ZOPACAS), peacebuilding, naval cooperation, piracy and other transnational crimes, international trade and nuclear non-proliferation.

About the seminar
The first panel will discuss Brazil's perspectives on peace and cooperation, maritime security, and blue economy in the South Atlantic, chaired by Dr Francesca Mercurio (ISCTE Insitituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisbon).

The second panel will discuss India’s perspectives on peace and cooperation, maritime security, and blue economy in the Indian Ocean, chaired by Dr Avinash Paliwal (SOAS University of London). Brazil and India are major players in their respective regions and have significant roles to play in shaping regional dynamics. This seminar will hear from experts about the present challenges and future opportunities in both regions.

The third panel, chaired by Prof Sabrina Medeiros, (Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon), will compare the two regions, highlighting similarities and differences between them, as well as possibilities for integration. This will be a fascinating discussion, shedding light on the challenges and opportunities that exist in these two regions. The comparison will also provide insights into how policymakers can learn from each other and collaborate to address common challenges.


Maísa Edwards (KCL/USP)
Mauro Bonavita (KCL)
João Noritomi (KCL)
Diogo Viana Grion Velasco (Escola de Guerra Naval (Brazilian Naval War College)
Period21 Jun 2023
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • South Atlantic
  • Indian Ocean
  • Maritime Security
  • peace
  • cooperation
  • regional security
  • blue economy