Indian Ocean Studies Group

Study groups at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) help to promote and exchange major research and educational relationships with counterpart institutions around the world. The Indian Ocean Studies Group (IOSG) consists of faculty, staff, and students with an interest in the region and has a maritime focus that crosses U.S. government organizational and traditional land-centric geographic seams.

About this Study Group

The goal of the study group is to examine issues and areas that may be relatively understudied and bring a uniquely maritime point of view to the region, providing valuable insights to regional policy makers and analysts.

Learn more about the Study Group Director

Dr. Andrew C. Winner is a professor in the Strategic and Operational Research department and the director of the Indian Ocean Studies Group at NWC. For more information, please visit his online profile.

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Group Research and Engagement

The IOSG serves as the school’s principal forum for addressing a full range of Indian Ocean strategy and policy issues. The study group’s activities include group meetings, sponsorship of a visiting speaker's program, and workshops and conferences on regional issues and topics.

Additionally, the IOSG coordinates the dissemination of current research and the publication of final research results to inform the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, and the broader U.S. Government community of interest, especially in the realms of strategy, policy, and planning.

The group has also been engaged in directly supporting senior DoD decision makers on strategic issues in the region.

Signing Up

Only NWC community members can elect to join several groups with the approval of the individual program director. Please note, this group is not open to the general public.

To request more information or to sign up for the Indian Ocean Studies Group, please email Dr. Winner at