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Terror in the Malacca Strait : the risks of overreaction
A warning from a presumably reliable source of a planned terrorist attack on an oil tanker in the Malacca Strait has led to renewed speculation about terrorist threats to shipping in this important waterway. However, ...
The South China Sea : when the elephants dance
The situation in the South China Sea has deteriorated recently. The three key players -- China, the United States and Vietnam -- can all accept some responsibility for the deterioration and should now mediate their differences.
Riding shotgun : armed security guards onboard merchant ships
The use of armed security guard onboard merchant ships in high-risk piracy areas is hotly debated within the international shipping industry. While their use has been mostly opposed, ongoing pirate activity off the ...
Bay of Bengal : a new sea of troubles?
The Bay of Bengal has emerged as a new “sea of troubles” in the Asia-Pacific. This is due to disputes over offshore oil and gas, and conflicting claims by littoral countries to extended ...
World Maritime Day : shipping safety 100 years after the Titanic
World Maritime Day on Thursday 27 September focuses attention on shipping safety. Much has been achieved over the years but shipping accidents continue to occur and there are no grounds for complacency.
MV Rena : dealing with sub-standard shipping
The grounding and breaking-up of the container ship Rena off the coast of New Zealand has highlighted the threat to maritime safety and security and the marine environment posed by unsafe shipping.
Ensuring safety at sea : the Southern Ocean and the South China Sea
The Southern Ocean and the South China Sea are very different marine environments but both face high risks of incidents at sea that endanger safety and damage international relations. Restraint is required for good order ...
Looking west : Australian defence force posture review
Australia is undertaking a comprehensive review of its defence force posture that reflects a major shift in Canberra’s strategic thinking and its intention to expand its presence in the Indian Ocean.
The USS cowpens incident : adding to strategic mistrust
Recent naval incidents in the region increase strategic mistrust and suggest the need for common understandings regarding naval operations, including possible INCSEA arrangements.
Cooperation or trust : what comes first in the South China Sea?
Two opposing schools of thought are apparent in the South China Sea. One says cooperation will help build trust and the other claims that cooperation is not possible without trust. Must this necessarily be a chicken-and-egg issue?