August 14, 2020

Aceh to Andaman: Shipping Connectivity and Security

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, through their 2018 joint statement “underlined the importance of stronger connectivity, particularly on sea links, in order to facilitate economic cooperation and people-to-people contact” and “welcomed the plan to […]
August 6, 2020

Vietnam Leads from the Front in ASEAN and at the UN

After taking over the Chairmanship of the ASEAN and being a Non-Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, the Vietnamese leadership has spearheaded many initiatives in the midst of challenging times emerging from the COVID-19 global pandemic. A unique opportunity […]
July 29, 2020

Indo-Pacific in a Churn: Too many Naval Exercises

The possibility of Australia joining the India-led Malabar naval exercises to be held later this year in the Bay of Bengal1 has generated an intense debate among the Indian strategic community who responded with a mixed bag of ‘excitement’ and ‘caution’. […]
July 21, 2020

Code of Conduct in South China Sea May Take a Back Seat

It has been 18 years since ASEAN and China agreed to the adoption of the Declaration on the Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC); but up till now the first reading of the Single Draft Code […]
July 14, 2020

ADIZ over South China Sea? China May not be Inclined

Dr Vijay Sakhuja Media is rife with speculations that China may announce Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the disputed Pratas, Paracel and Spratly island chain in the South China Sea.[1] This is not the first time that ADIZ over […]
July 10, 2020

US Augments Military Bases, Revitalizes Lilly Pads and Pushes for Visiting Forces Agreements in the Pacific Ocean

Earlier this month, on 1st July, 350 paratroopers from the US 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) parachuted onto Guam to test their ability to “execute real-world missions” and demonstrate that they could be deployed “anywhere in the U.S. Indo-Pacific […]
July 2, 2020

US’ Priority: Pacific, within the Indo-Pacific

The ongoing operational maneuvers by the US military in the Pacific Ocean, establishment of the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI) in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, and a new approach towards Taipei through the Taiwan Defence Act […]
June 19, 2020

US Naval Transformation Challenges PLA Navy

Numerous commentaries and essays have argued and concluded that the military gap between the US and China is closing and the numerical naval balance between the two Pacific powers has converged. The PLA Navy is growing rapidly, and in the […]
April 20, 2020

COVID-19: Cruise Industry and its Future

In the wake of COVID-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended its March 14 No Sail Order (NSO) for cruise ships operating in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States. The NSO makes note […]
January 6, 2020

Future of Arabian Gulf Security amidst New Naval Coalitions

This article written by Dr Vijay Sakhuja, Honorary Distinguished Fellow of CPPR looks at the evolving naval coalitions for the Arabian Gulf waters and the future of Gulf security dynamics. Three multi-nation naval coalitions are being constituted for the Arabian […]
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