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« Toutes les flottes du monde y stationneraient ensemble » : horizons indopacifiques et héritages impériaux de la baie d’Antsiranana (Extrême-Nord de Madagascar)

Abstract : The Indo-Pacific geopolitical situation and the growing weaponization around have given rise to numerous rumours in Madagascar. Although the island is located at the crossroads of Indian Ocean’s south-western sea routes, it doesn’t host any foreign military base. Considering the economic and political problems the country faces and the heightened regional tensions, a competition between powers willing to settle is likely to happen. In this context, the military purpose of Antsiranana Bay, in the far north, is back on the agenda. Its past as a French naval base (former Diego-Suarez) and its geographical assets constitutes imperial legacies naturally highlighted by Antsiranana people themselves. However, the international and memorial dimension of the place tends to hide indianoceanic dynamics. Moreover, the case of Antsiranana reveals, on a local scale, the instability and the scope of global political reconfigurations over the past decade.
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Alexandre Audard. « Toutes les flottes du monde y stationneraient ensemble » : horizons indopacifiques et héritages impériaux de la baie d’Antsiranana (Extrême-Nord de Madagascar). Carnets de Recherches de l'océan Indien, 2021, Mutations et transitions dans l'océan Indien, 7, pp.73-86. ⟨10.26171/carnets-oi_0705⟩. ⟨hal-03603613⟩

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