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International Naval Bases in the Horn of Africa: A New Scramble?

March 20, 2017

By: James A. Fargher A slow-motion struggle for control over the waters of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden is quietly being waged in the Horn of Africa. Global and regional powers alike are jostling for position along one of the world’s most important trade routes. The retreat of Great Britain and France, … Continue reading “International Naval Bases in the Horn of Africa: A New Scramble?”


Attacks on undersea cables: a Victorian legacy

April 12, 2016

By: James Fargher In October 2015 The New York Times reported on heightened US concerns about Russian submarines near undersea internet cables.[1] Citing unnamed intelligence officials and diplomats, the article highlighted growing fears that Russian submarines could sever the cables which pipe 95% of the internet around the world.[2] The piece prompted a flurry of … Continue reading “Attacks on undersea cables: a Victorian legacy”


Why Japan should put boots on the ground on the Senkaku Islands

May 25, 2015

By Alex Calvo: Halfway between Japan and Taiwan are the the Senkaku Islands. They are claimed by Beijing under the name Diaoyu and by Taipei with the label Diaoyutai. The islands are prime real estate from a strategic perspective. Despite rumblings to the contrary, Tokyo seems to be sticking to her policy not to deploy … Continue reading “Why Japan should put boots on the ground on the Senkaku Islands”


Taiwan’s new ‘Carrier Killer’ shows both strength and weakness

February 24, 2015

By Jackson Webster: This January, Taiwan’s navy received the first order of its newest vessel, the Tuo Jiang. The Taiwan Navy has dubbed this twin-hulled corvette a ‘carrier killer,’ and the Taiwanese Minister of National Defence, Yen Ming, has announced his government’s intention to field an entire fleet of the new domestically-developed ships. The ship’s … Continue reading “Taiwan’s new ‘Carrier Killer’ shows both strength and weakness”


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