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  • Optimising India–US Maritime-Strategic Convergence

    The current trajectory of India–US relations is encouraging, but needs to be sustained by optimising their maritime-strategic convergence. In the maritime-configured Indo-Pacific region, the two countries could undertake substantive ‘transactions’ in the domain of geopolitics and military-strategic cooperation.

    September 2017

    Assessing Maritime Power in the Asia-Pacific, edited by Greg Kennedy and Harsh V. Pant

    Since taking over in 2009, the Obama Administration considered Asia to be significant for power cooperation and for establishing an international order based on accepted rules and norms. This started the journey of a much-debated concept that was first called the ‘Back to Asia’ strategy and later re-termed as a ‘Rebalance’ or ‘Pivot to Asia’. In November 2011, then American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in an article titled ‘America’s Pacific Century’, reiterated the importance of Asia-Pacific for the United States (US).

    July 2017

    The Malabar Exercises: An Appraisal

    India should take the lead in forming an overarching security quad along with Australia, Japan and the US in the Indo-Pacific region.

    July 18, 2017

    Neha Ninawe asked: What's the difference between blue economy and blue-water economy with respect to maritime diplomacy?

    Abhay Kumar Singh replies: The concept of ‘Oceans Economy’ or ‘Blue Economy’ is recent and originates from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. At the heart of the concept is a separation of socio-economic development from environmental degradation, which is how it has traditionally been seen as a global status quo.

    Unpacking China’s White Paper on Maritime Cooperation under BRI

    The vision document considers maritime security cooperation as a lynchpin in the MSR and attempts to redesign the existing maritime security architecture in the oceanic arena of MSR.

    June 28, 2017

    Chinmay Mittal asked: What is the difference between joint naval exercises and joint naval patrolling?

    Abhay Kumar Singh replies: Joint naval exercises and joint naval patrols are maritime activities conducted within the wider ambit of naval diplomacy. Irrespective of their size and political persuasion of their governments, navies engage in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy for both competitive and collaborative purposes. These maritime engagements are aimed at strengthening international cooperation with friendly countries, on the one hand, and signalling capability and intent to deter potential adversaries, on the other.

    Diplomatic Dimensions of Maritime Challenges for India in the 21st Century, by Yogendra Kumar

    The book records the story of India’s development into a modern maritime nation ready to take on the challenges of the twenty-first century. It also tells us how India has steadily built upon its nascent capacities since the early years of independence. In doing so, it begins by giving a brief historical overview of the Indian maritime tradition.

    October 2016

    China’s White Paper on Asia Pacific Security Cooperation: An Assessment

    Through this white paper, China has affirmed its regional ambitions and aims to shape the regional security agenda in the Asia Pacific on its stated terms.

    January 19, 2017

    Colombian Naval Development: Emphasis on Indigenous Capabilities

    COTECMAR has emerged as a viable and innovative supplier of naval vessels to the Colombian Navy.

    October 28, 2016

    The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill 2016 – The Long Journey of an Important Maritime Legislation

    The Admiralty Bill 2016 has been in the making for nearly 30 years. It will finally become an Act of Parliament during the upcoming winter session.

    October 03, 2016