Maritime Security and Piracy

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2023 Indian Ocean Island Forum

From 10–12 May 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted a forum in Bangkok, Thailand with its partners on environmental security challenges throughout the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). With a particular focus on the specific challenges facing Indian Ocean...

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2023 NESA-AFRICOM Changing Nature of Security, Capacity, and Institutions Workshop

From 11–16 June 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command, the “NESA-AFRICOM Changing Nature of Security, Capacity, and Institutions Workshop” in Casablanca, Morocco. Security discussions on capacity building and the...

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2024 Indian Ocean Region Workshop

From 24–26 June 2024, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in cooperation with the National Maritime Foundation of India and its sister regional center,Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies(DKI APCSS), conducted a 2024 Indian Ocean Region Workshop...

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A DIILS TEAM PARTNERED WITH THE VIETNAMESE COAST GUARD

A DIILS TEAM PARTNERED WITH THE VIETNAMESE COAST GUARD

Maritime Fusion Centers
A Network of Maritime Fusion Centers Throughout the Indo-Pacific

Exerpt: The establishment of national maritime fusion centers across the Indo-Pacific region would go a long way toward advancing maritime security. Indo-Pacific states should establish such centers with a focus on maritime threats of a transboundary nature, as well as traditional state-...

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Adm. Swift talks regional trends during Cooperative Strategy Forum

U.S. Navy Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, talks to participants about regional issues in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region during the Naval War College cooperative strategy forum at the Danile K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for...

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Africa Center Promotes Interagency Cooperation in Maritime Security at Abuja Workshop

The Africa Center, with the support of the National Defence College Nigeria, U.S. Africa Command, and the U.S. State Department, hosted a weeklong Streamlining Interagency in Maritime Security Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, on 16-20 May. The workshop assembled approximately 55 participants...

Africa Center’s Dr. Malaquias Explains Way Ahead after Yaoundé Summit on Maritime Security

,” said Dr. Assis Malaquias ACSS Academic Chair for Defense Economics, who has led the Africa Center’s work on maritime security and who attended the Yaoundé meeting.“The Yaoundé Summit has been preceded by several meetings” Dr. Malaquias said. “The first was in Stuttgart, Germany—at AFRICOM’s...

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Alumni Perspectives: Empowering Indonesia’s Local Seafarers to Contain Smuggling

While attending APCSS courses, Fellows are required to complete a Fellows Project which may be done as a presentation, research paper or policy brief. APCSS is now making these papers available on line with our new “Alumni Perspectives” publications. A recent graduate of the Advanced...

Alumni Perspectives: On Maritime Security Cooperation

While attending APCSS courses, Fellows are required to complete a Fellows Project which may be done as a presentation, research paper or policy brief. APCSS is now making these papers available on line with our new “Alumni Perspectives” publications. The first “Alumni Perspectives” to be...

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Beyond the Geopolitics of the Quad

From 4 to 6 May 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in cooperation with the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS), the National Maritime Foundation, the Australian National University, and the Japanese Institute of International...

Maritime Shared Awareness workshop
Building Maritime Shared Awareness in Southeast Asia

The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies hosted the third iteration of the annual workshop series, “Building Maritime Shared Awareness in Southeast Asia”. The workshop series brings together maritime security practitioners from the ASEAN member states to identify...

China Gray Zone Operations
China's Gray Zone Operations in the Yellow Sea

“China’s Gray Zone Operations in the Yellow Sea,” is the title of a paper by Chungjin Jung, forSecurity Nexus. This paper illustrates the increasing effects the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Gray Zone Activities are having on Japan and Southeast Asian countries, and the need for long-term...

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DIILS GRADUATES OF THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF MARITIME SECURITY OPERATIONS (LAMSO)

DIILS graduated 10 students from the 2020 LAMSO Course. Countries represented were Bangladesh, Benin, Georgia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Moldova, Malta, Senegal and Sierra Leone.LAMSO is a three-week course for military commanders, legal advisors, and their civilian counterparts providing a...

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CSC 22-2 Features Tracks in Strategic Studies, Cybersecurity, and Crisis Management

The Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies completed its second iteration of the Comprehensive Security Cooperation (CSC) course, graduating 82 Fellows from 29 countries. The 5-week, intensive program, took place from May 25- June 20. Through plenary lectures and small-group...

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Defense Security Cooperation Agency and Near East South Asia Regional Center Engagement

On 27 November 2023, the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA),James (Jim) Hursch, met with representatives from the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies. During the briefing, NESA Center Acting Director COL David Lamm, USA (Ret.) provided an...

Dialogues with the Perry Center - Season 2
Dialogues with the Perry Center - Season 2

We are excited to launch Season 2 of our video series, “Dialogues with the Perry Center,” hosted by Perry Center Professor Dr. Luis Bitencourt. In this Spanish-language episode, Dr. Bitencourt discusses climate change with Perry Center Associate Dean for Research and Publications Dr. Patrick...

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DIILS CONDUCTS WORKSHOP ON LEGAL ASPECTS OF MARITIME SECURITY OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS WITH MAURITIUS

A DIILS Team traveled to Mauritius to conduct a workshop on the Legal Aspects of Maritime Security Operations and Human Rights. Participants included officials from the National Coast Guard, Police Prosecution Offices, Attorney General's Office, Ports Authority, Oceanography Institute, and...

DIILS ENGAGEMENT IN EL SALVADOR FOCUSES ON LEGAL ASPECTS OF COMBATING TERRORISM

DIILS conducted a seminar in San Salvador on the legal aspects of combating terrorism that emphasized land and maritime border security.  In light of El Salvador's long Pacific coastline and its sparsely populated, mountainous borders with Honduras and Guatemala, the United States and El...

DIILS OFFERS NEW COURSE ON LEGAL ASPECTS OF MARITIME LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SECURITY OPERATIONS

DIILS is pleased to announce a new resident course; Legal Aspects of Maritime Law Enforcement and Security Operations (LAMSO) for FY2019. LAMSO provides a great opportunity for participants to gain knowledge about both the theoretical legal framework as well as the practical aspects of...

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Comprehensive Security Cooperation 23-3

During this five-week course, you will collaborate with security practitioners from governments and agencies from across the Indo-Pacific representing a diverse regional beliefs and perspectives on a wide array of security issues. The termcomprehensive securitygoes beyond military defense to...

Comprehensive Security Cooperation 24-1

During this five-week course, you will collaborate with security practitioners from governments and agencies from across the Indo-Pacific representing a diverse regional beliefs and perspectives on a wide array of security issues. The termcomprehensive securitygoes beyond military defense to...

The Comprehensive Security Cooperation (CSC) course is a 5-week in-resident executive program offered three times a year for mid-level military, government and non-government professionals who intersect with the security sphere. Fellows spend two-thirds of their time on cross-cutting...

The Comprehensive Security Cooperation (CSC) course is a 5-week in-resident executive program offered three times a year for mid-level military, government and non-government professionals who intersect with the security sphere. Fellows spend two-thirds of their time on cross-cutting...

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Faculty Publication: Technology Providers and Maritime Security Roles in Southeast Asia by Jeffrey Payne

On 14 February 2023, theS. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University Singapore publishedNESA Center Assistant Professor Jeffrey Payne's recent commentary titled "Technology Providers and Maritime Security Roles in Southeast Asia." Read the piece...

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NESA Center Update: December 2022–February 2023

TheNESA CenterDecember 2022–February 2023 Updatefocuses on Near East South Asia Region trends regarding maritime security. The update also highlights December 2022 through February 2023 NESA Center programs & events, faculty & staff engagements, alumni contributions, and a calendar with...

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CSAG Information Paper: "China’s Approach to the Red Sea States"

Subject:China’s Approach to the Red Sea States. Purpose: This paper aims to present the results of the CSAG’s analysis of China’s Approach to the Red Sea States, including the “5-No Approach” to the African countries. Read the full paper here View other USCENTCOM Combined Strategic...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: "The Red Sea – Neglected Nexus"

Overview: The strategic importance of the Red Sea basin, together with the Suez Canal, is obvious. Nevertheless, there are reasons to believe that the Red Sea region is a neglected nexus by the US, but not by others such as China, Russia and Iran. This neglect is primarily because it is a...

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Alumni Publication: "The Colombo Security Conclave: What is it and what does it mean for Australia?" by Viraj Solanki

On 16 May 2023, ORF (Observer Research Foundation) published NESA Center alumnus Viraj Solanki's article "The Colombo Security Conclave: What is it and what does it mean for Australia?" Solanki argues that "With the support of the CSC, Australia can enhance its engagement with theNortheast...

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CSAG Information Paper: "Pirates of the Middle East Gulfs"

Subject: Pirates of the Middle East Gulfs Purpose: This paper aims to present the CSAG’s analysis regarding how Iran is using a calculated provocative approach, to enhance their bargaining power by creating leverage during negotiations, to achieve what is in Iran’s best interest. Read the...

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Alumni Publication: "US–India defence and technology cooperation" by Antoine Levesques

On 20 July 2023, TheInternational Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) published NESA Center alumAntoine Levesques' analysis"US–India defence and technology cooperation." "A U.S. decision to transfer jet-engine technology to India will bolster the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy while...

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Alumni Publication: "New technologies will allow Indo-Pacific states to build ‘sovereign maritime domain awareness’" by David Brewster

On 3 August 2023, The Strategist published NESA Center alumnus David Brewster's Op-Ed"New technologies will allow Indo-Pacific states to build ‘sovereign maritime domain awareness.’" "A multi-faceted technological revolution is bringing MDA within reach of even the smallest of countries,...

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J5 Academic Paper: “NEOM City: Integrated Campaigning and Competition with China”

Abstract: NEOM City is a planned futuristic metroplex that serves as a $500 billion cornerstone of the Vision 2030 strategic framework that reduces Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil and diversifies its economy. Currently, USCENTCOM does not have a plan to capitalize on what will become a regional...

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Alumni Publication: "Boats of Bengal: The United States Must Step Up" by Commander Kevin Duffy

In July, the U.S. Naval Institute'sProceedings Magazinepublished the article"Boats of Bengal: The United States Must Step Up" by NESA Center alumCommander Kevin Duffy, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired). Duffy writes that there is an "urgent need for change in the Bay of Bengal and the adjacent Andaman...

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Alumni Publication: "High Time for Multi-Track Dialogues between Greece and Turkey" by Antonia Dimou

On 12 September 2023,Modern Diplomacypublished NESA Center alumnaAntonia Dimou'slatest Op-Ed titled"High Time for Multi-Track Dialogues between Greece and Turkey." "...we can encourage and support our leaders in going down the road of completing the basis of peaceful and fruitful neighborly co-...

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Alumni Publication: "Amid Reports on Chinese Expansion of Bases, Sri Lanka Unveils SOP: Need for a Reality Check?" by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

On 11 September 2023, the Institute for Security and Development Policy published NESA Center alumAsanga Abeyagoonasekera'spolicy brief titled"Amid Reports on Chinese Expansion of Bases, Sri Lanka Unveils SOP: Need for a Reality Check?" ABSTRACT: India has realized it cannot possibly balance...

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Alumni Publication: "The Potential of Palestinian Gas and the Role of Regional Powers: From Promise to Action" by Antonia Dimou

On 18 September 2023,Modern Diplomacypublished NESA Center alumnaAntonia Dimou's latest analysis titled "The Potential of Palestinian Gas and the Role of Regional Powers: From Promise to Action." "Recent progress on the Gaza marine gas field’s development is positive news and highlights the...

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Alumni Publication: "The 2023 Elections in Greece: Lessons and Expectations" by Antonia Dimou

This month, theCyprus Center for European and International Affairs (CCEIA) at the University of Nicosia inCyprus publishedNESA Center alumna Antonia Dimou’s recent piece on lessons and expectations from the 2023 elections in Greece. Dimou's piece is included in the center's September special...

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CSAG Information Paper: "Is CENTCOM Prescribing the ‘Suitable Medicine’ to Deter Iran?"

Subject: Is CENTCOM Prescribing the ‘Suitable Medicine’ to Deter Iran? Purpose: To present CSAG analysis of the recent deployment of additional US troops and assets in the Middle East (ME) to deter Iran, within the context of the current strategic and operational environment, and to draw...

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Alumni Publication: "Getting Real About the 'Global Coast Guard'” by Commander Kevin Duffy

The U.S. Naval Institute published NESA Center alum Kevin Duffy’s latest Op-Ed “Getting Real About the ‘Global Coast Guard'” in the October issue of Proceedings. "During the 2023 State of the Coast Guard address, the service’s Commandant, Admiral Linda Fagan, noted the United States Coast Guard...

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Faculty Publication: "Indo-Pacific reluctance and the gulf: an examination of maritime domain awareness as an influence shaping regional maritime security efforts" by Jeffrey Payne

On 08 November 2023, theJournal of the Indian Ocean Region published NESA CenterAssistant Professor Jeffrey Payne's paper"Indo-Pacific reluctance and the gulf: an examination of maritime domain awareness as an influence shaping regional maritime security efforts" in itsVolume 19, 2023 -Issue 1:...

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Alumni Publication: "Counterpiracy Lessons for the Current Crisis in Yemen” by Commander Kevin Duffy

TheU.S. Naval Institutepublished NESA Center alum Kevin Duffy’s latest Op-Ed, “Counterpiracy Lessons for the Current Crisis in Yemen,”in the January 2024 issue ofProceedings. "Over the past two months, international attention has been increasingly drawn to the waters around Yemen, where Houthi...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: "Yemen After the KSA-Iran Agreement: From Dreams to Harsh Reality and How This Fed Houthi Behavior in the Current Crisis"

Overview: In 2014, Houthi rebels overtook Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, in a push for increased military and political power, starting Yemen’s long-lasting civil war. The chaos created by the Houthi insurgents jeopardized the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) ambition for stability in the region,...

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J5 Academic Paper: “Shining a Light on Iran’s Shadow War"

Iran’s Gray Zone Strategy Iran is running the world’s most effective gray zone campaign and hardly anyone has noticed. By combining a punishment strategy covered in plausible deniability with an influence strategy under the threshold of conflict, Iran is quietly reclaiming its place as the...

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