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Rethinking the South China Sea in Indian Maritime Security Strategy

In late May, the Indian Navy's (IN) Eastern Fleet concluded a significant operational deployment in the South China Sea, featuring port calls in Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei.

Facing up to China’s Hybrid Warfare in the Pacific

The People's Republic of China has registered 26 China Coast Guard (CCG) vessels to operate in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Convention Area, marking the first such..

Comparing Gray-Zone Tactics in the Red Sea and the South China Sea

Gray-zone tactics, which operate between peace and war, are increasingly used by actors to further their interests without engaging in open conflict.

The Quad: Responding to China’s Moves Into the Indian Ocean

President Mohamed Muizzu of the Maldives, inaugurated in November 2023, has adopted a pro-China stance, advocating for the removal of Indian troops and fostering closer ties with Beijing.

Does Vietnam-Philippines Maritime Cooperation Offer a Template for the Region?

The recent state visit of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Hanoi underscored the deepening strategic alignment between the Philippines and Vietnam concerning maritime security and the..

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The Maritime Implications of Indonesia’s Presidential Election

Indonesia, the world's third-largest democracy and largest Muslim-majority nation, faces a crucial presidential election on February 14.

Unlocking the Minilateral Paradigm for ASEAN Maritime Security Cooperation

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) currently faces many time-sensitive challenges, maritime security chief among them.

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Philippines Seeks Greater Regional Cooperation on South China Sea Disputes

Amidst escalating tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippines seeks to foster regional cooperation by engaging with neighboring nations like Malaysia and Vietnam. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr...

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Managing the Complex Maritime Disputes That Divide China and the US

Amidst the volatility between China and the U.S., Taiwan stands as a pivotal concern, but the maritime arena follows closely. American leaders aim to "manage" relations with China, safeguarding the..

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What Is at Stake For the EU in the South China Sea?

Both ASEAN and its European counterpart have strong incentives to strengthen their cooperation on maritime security issues amid increasing Sino-American frictions.