AMAN-21

AMAN-21 and Indian Strategic Construct of Western Indian Ocean

M K Bhadrakumar l The AMAN-21 naval exercise, the biennial event hosted by Pakistani Navy since 2007, in Karachi and the Arabian Sea from February 11-16 draws special attention. As many as 45 navies are...
blue ecosystems

Covid – 19 and Blue Ecosystem

The mass movement of ships and commercial fishing over the years has marred the blue ecosystems to a great extent. However, due to COVID-19, the entire world has come to a standstill. This has...

Interplay Between Maritime Law and Cyber Space

Anum Khan l In the 21st Century, the COVID pandemic has not only affected human life, but the time of the pandemic has also witnessed a cohort of cyber-crimes against vessels which has led to loss...
EU

What the EU thinks of US ‘Indo-Pacific’ Strategy?

M K Bhadrakumar l The European Council special meeting in Brussels on 1st October had Turkey, Belarus, Russia and China on its agenda. The foreign-policy decisions of the summit — comprising the heads of state or government...
illegal

Illegal & Unregulated Fishing by Indian Fishermen in Arabian Sea

Jawad Falak l Poverty is usually seen as the prime factor driving crime and other illegal activities. This is as true at the sea as on the land. The crime of poaching in the seas...
South China Sea

Sino-US Competition in South China Sea

In the recently released U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea, Washington continues to walk a delicate balance between supporting its allies and partners in the region and avoiding entanglement in...

Cyber-Risk and Security in Maritime Industry

Business is growing as fast as the internet and extensive complex networks allows industry to be exploited. Modern Shipping companies facing cyber risks are finding insurance cover inadequate to protect them from cyber-attacks. The...
Strait of Hormuz

Changing Security Dynamics of Strait of Hormuz

TIC Focus l According to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “the Strait of Hormuz is the world's most important oil chokepoint because its daily oil flow of about 17 million barrels per...
South China Sea

U.S. Sends Carriers to South China Sea During Chinese Drills

News Desk l China and the United States have accused each other of stoking tension in the strategic waterway of South China Sea at a time of strained relations over everything from the new coronavirus...
aircraft carrier

Why has US Deployed Three Carrier Groups Close to China?

For the first time in three years, the US Navy has mobilized three aircraft carrier strike groups to the Pacific as a part of a provocative military build-up against China. The deployments underscore the...
Maritime

Defining Maritime Tourism

Theobaid (1994) suggested that “etymologically, the word maritime tourism is derived from the Latin.  ‘tornare’ and the Greek, Tornos’ meaning ‘a lathe or circle; the movement around a central point or axis’. This meaning...
Warships

Turkey, Pakistan Begin Construction of Modern Warships

Snap Shot l What Happened: Two state-of-the-art warships are to be locally constructed for the Pakistani Navy as part of a transfer of technology agreement signed between Pakistan and Turkey. The contract for four MILGEM Class Corvettes equipped with modern weaponry and...
Armed Forces

Indian Armed Forces: Arming Without Aiming

Jawad Falak l One of the most famous quotes about black propaganda is from Nazi leader Adolf Hitler “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed”. This...
Strait of Hormuz

Why is Strait of Hormuz so Vital for Global Economy?

Jawad Falak l According to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “the Strait of Hormuz is the world's most important oil chokepoint because its daily oil flow of about 17 million barrels...
Territorial Sea

Military Activities and Use of Force in Territorial Sea

TIC Analysis l Under both customary international law and Article 2 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS), the territorial sea is a space characterized by the inherent sovereignty of the...

India’s Stumbling Bid to Target Pak Navy

Ali Kurd l An article titled “What Coronavirus? PAK busy Missile testing, orchestrating terror in Kashmir ” was posted on Indian website ibtimes.co.in on April 20th,2020 .Regrettably, not just the title but the article itself...
Responsivity

Responsivity Continuum: Emerging Cornerstone of Pak Navy’s Capability

Jawad Falak l Responsivity, in generic terms, means a degree to which something is responsive, i.e., it can respond to various stimuli. Technically, the term is used in the systems’ study where it describes the ability...
Indian

Indian Navy Stumbling Bid For Face Saving

Dr Masood Khattak l An article titled “Pakistan Navy under Chinese spell & it’s faltering Naval Strategy” was posted on Indian specialized defense website Bharat Shakti. While the title itself gives away the notion of...

Russians are coming — to the Indian Ocean

M K Bhadrakumar l The Cold-War hypothesis that the Soviet Union was hoping to “wet its toes” in the Indian Ocean was in reality an extension of the geopolitical construct known as the “Anglo-Russian Question”...
Mediterranean

Turkey to Continue Drilling in Eastern Mediterranean

Snap Shot l What Happened: Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday announced that the country is determined to continue drilling activities in the East Mediterranean Sea to protect the rights of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots. It...
Hormuz

The Strait of Hormuz: A New Battlefield

TIC Analysis l In past two months, a series of maritime frays have occurred and become the source of concerns for world. On June 13, two oil tanker were attacked which were travelling in the...
Persian Gulf

Strengthening of US Military Alliance in Persian Gulf

TIC Analysis l Dynamics of Persian Gulf: Saudi Arabia has decided to join the international alliance for the safety and protection of maritime navigation known as the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC), its Ministry of...
Persian Gulf

Provocations: A Pretext To Pursue Persian Gulf Patrolling

Dr. Najam Abbas l The Persian Gulf has emerged as a major point of contention between different powers specifically the USA and Iran. Relations began to deteriorate since the Trump Administration pulled out of the...
Sri Lanka

US Wants Sri Lanka to Become Its “Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier in South Asia”

Andrew Korybko | Sri Lanka catapulted to global attention a few months ago when it was victimized by one of the worst-ever suicide bombing attacks since 9/11, but the island nation’s latest security-related crisis is conspicuously being ignored by the...
Persian Gulf

Iran-US standoff in Persian Gulf

Asif Haroon Raja l Till the Islamic revolution in Iran in March 1979, Iran under Reza Shah Pahlavi was a strategic partner of USA and was lionized as the policeman of the Persian Gulf. Friendship turned...
Maldives

Sino-Indian Competition In Maldives

TIC Focus l Sino-Indian Competition In Maldives: Former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed has clashed with the Chinese envoy over Male's "alarming levels" of Chinese debt, which stands at $3.4 billion, even as India has regained...
Gulf of Oman

How Start Of Vietnam War Mirrors Gulf Of Oman Incident?

M K Bhadrakumar | What a coincidence that a leaked document from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) just exposed that the chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria in April, 2018 was most likely...
Persian Gulf

Does US want free and open Indo-Pacific region?

Joan Chang | The U.S. government’s interest in a free and open Indo-Pacific region is “rooted in the fact that the United States is an Indo-Pacific nation” and deeply invested in the broader region, says...
Hormuz

Strait of Hormuz: The chokepoint of global oil supply?

Jawad Falak | The Straits of Hormuz has taken center stage in world affairs due to the increase in American Iranian tensions. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a statement on his website that was taken...
Indian Navy

Dented deterrence: Vincibility of the Indian submarines

Jawad Falak | The Indian navy scrambled its submarine for surveillance, and seemingly, deterrence missions during the Indo-Pak crises that ensued Pulwama attacks. Their principal aim was to target Pakistan maritime interests while denying Pakistan...

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