Counter-piracy strategies in South East Asia: Myth versus reality

01/17/2012
01/17/2012 What is the primary tool to fighting piracy and armed robbery in South East Asia? Is it the bilateral aerial patrol initiative, ‘Eyes in the Sky’? Is it the information sharing agencies such as the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) or the Regional Agreement in Combating Piracy and Armed Sea…

India: Bad cop in a predicament?

09/22/2011
By Karsten Von Hoesslin, Senior Analyst, Risk Intelligence Strategic Insights, No. 32, May 2011 09/22/2011 - On 29 September 2010, the Panama flagged asphalt tanker ASPHALT VENTURE was hijacked by Somali pirates off the Tanzanian coast. On 15 April 2011, after 200 days of detention and an estimated US$3.2 to…

South East Asia’s Dynamic Maritime Threat Environment

09/15/2011
By Karsten Von Hoesslin, Senior Analyst, Risk Intelligence Strategic Insights, No. 30, February 2011 09/25/2011 Overview A considerable increase in reported incidents occurred between 2009 and 2010 with elevated levels of sophisticated piracy and armed sea robbery in the South China Sea, the Sulu Sea, and nearing the end of…

The Japanese Coast Guard: Japan’s “hidden navy?”

09/08/2011
By Tetsuo Kotani, Special Research Fellow, the Okazaki Institute, Tokyo Strategic Insights, No. 31, March 2011 09/08/2011 - Surrounded by the sea on all sides, Japan enjoys the benefits of the waters around it in the form of fishery and maritime trade with countries around the world. However, these waters…

Developments in Pirate Trends and Tactics

04/01/2011
By Karsten Von Hoesslin, Senior Analyst, Risk Intelligence Strategic Insights, No. 28 (November 2010) 04/01/2011 - Evidenced in other parts of the world, particularly in South East Asia, piracy that adapts to countermeasures and re-strategizes is always the most effective. Somali pirates have proven to be no different in terms of…

The USN at a Turning Point: Shaping New Global Opportunities

09/07/2009
The U.S. Navy can position itself as a key element for the Obama Administration as it seeks new opportunities for global cooperation. The Administration has underscored their desire "to build partnership capacity" and to "enhance enduring relationships" among core allies. The USN has a unique global presence and works every…