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Unpacking the Details of the South China Sea Dispute

By CIMSEC 2017-05-19 14:10:33

[By Matthew Merighi] Join the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Professor Vasco Becker-Weingberg of Universidad Nova in Lisbon, Portugal, about...


Freedom of Navigation Extends to Foreign Warships

By CIMSEC 2017-05-15 20:32:42

[By Commander Sean Fahey, USCG] The past months have seen a significant increase in Russian military activity across Europe, including the Baltic Sea. Last...


Waters of Black Gold: The Strait of Hormuz

By CIMSEC 2017-05-03 21:33:21

[By Imran Shamsunahar] What distinguishes navies from that of other branches of the military is that their raison d’etre is often inherently...


Preserving History's Data for Tomorrow's Navy

By CIMSEC 2017-04-26 19:31:10

[By Frank A. Blazich, Jr.] In an era where the Navy is facing contested seas from challenges posed by China and Russia, history can unlock potential advantages with which...


The Coast Guard and Maritime Chokepoints

By CIMSEC 2017-04-20 21:41:48

[By Victoria Castleberry] The need for security of international maritime trade has never been greater as over 90 percent of internationally traded goods are transported...


Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea in 2016

By CIMSEC 2017-04-11 20:43:33

[By Dirk Steffen] 2016 witnessed a marked increase in maritime security incidents over the previous year, irrespective of the counting standards. Denmark-based Risk...


Iranian Naval Capabilities in the Red Sea

By CIMSEC 2017-04-06 16:07:34

[By James Fargher] International attention has focused on the possibilities of an Iranian closure of the Straits of Hormuz, and the catastrophic effect a blockade would...


An Adequate NATO for Deterring Russia

By CIMSEC 2017-03-31 17:28:32

[By Ian Sundstrom] Introduction Since the Alliance Maritime Strategy (AMS) was published in 2011, the strategic context facing NATO has shifted. The drafters...


Hainan's Maritime Militia: A Standing Vanguard

By CIMSEC 2017-03-29 18:05:29

[By Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson] Hainan Province’s unique geography makes its buildup of maritime militia units the spear tip of China’s...


Russia's Black Sea Fleet Buildup

By CIMSEC 2017-03-28 17:33:14

[By LT Alex Schneider] A Neglected Black Sea Fleet Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia’s naval fleets have been severely neglected. Corruption,...

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