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

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

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

Indian Navy: Time to Explore Drone Motherships

Technological disruptions led by Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies are now a common feature among the advanced navies. Smart, intelligent, predictive and cognitive technologies are being added to the menu of naval warfare. The military/

Shift to Plant Based Proteins to Prevent Future Pandemics

Three consignments of African Pangolin scales have been recently seized at ports in two Southeast Asian countries. On the first day of April, port authorities in Port Kelang, Malaysia confiscated six tons of the contraband packed in a shipping contai

COVID-19: Time to Focus on Illegal Trade in Wildlife

Scientists and experts are still uncertain about the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). Some of the possible suspected species connected with the virus are horseshoe bats that are known to host disease causing pathogens; pangolin the most tr

China Marshals 4IR Technologies to Contain COVID-19

The Chinese National Health Commission has announced that COVID-19 epidemic has peaked and plateaued, but people have been warned not to be complacent amid risks of more outbreaks. Meanwhile, temporary hospitals in Wuhan which had been set up to resp

COVID-19 Disrupts Maritime Supply Chains

The COVID-19 virus has impacted global maritime transportation sector including cruise liner industry. A number of major manufacturing hubs and markets across China have stopped businesses and manufacturing by small and medium enterprises has been pu

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