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Iran’s South Korea-Flagged Oil Tanker Seizure: What Does this Action Mean?

By Lieutenant Colonel Youngsuk Lee, Republic of Korea Army, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group 8 Feb 2021 Introduction: On 5 January 2021, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized the South Korea-flagged oil tanker M/T HANKUK CHEMI in the Strait of Hormuz. As a justification, Iran cited alleged Read More >

MARSEC Perspectives with Rear Admiral Curt Renshaw

3 November 2020 – The newest iteration of NESA’s IOR digital series features perspectives on maritime security by RDML Curt Renshaw, Deputy Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command. RDML Renshaw discusses not only the complex set of challenges in the waters of the larger MENA region, but he also highlights how the pandemic of Read More >

NESA IOR Digital Series with Dr. Joshua Tallis

In this iteration of the NESA IOR Digital Series, Jeff Payne is joined by Dr. Joshua Tallis of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). The conversation centers on how various illicit activities at sea overlap in the tools and methodologies used. As such, efforts at counterterrorism at sea, drug interdiction, or even counter-smuggling, build the Read More >

Consultations on Indo-Pacific Security: “The Quad”

15 October 2020 – This iteration of the NESA IOR Digital series is the third gathering of the IOR Roundtable, a forum designed for those interested in IOR issues to gather for the exchange of ideas. The focus of this conversation is the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as the “Quad”, or consultations on Indo-Pacific Read More >

Discussion with Ambassador Alex Rondos, EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa

  In this iteration of the NESA IOR Digital Series, Ambassador Alex Rondos, the European Union’s Special Representative to the Horn of Africa, explores state-level interaction in the Horn of Africa, as well as outside actors’ perception and actions to secure their interests in the region.  While the Horn of Africa is geopolitically significant through Read More >

IOR Maritime Environmental Degradation

24 September 2020 – In this iteration of NESA’s ongoing digital series of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), Dr. David Brewster of the National Security College, Australian National University discusses the necessity of addressing environmental security concerns in the Indian Ocean and how such challenges can be a mechanism for new cooperation among states, including Read More >

The IOR Economic Condition: Energy, Trade and Infrastructure

In the newest iteration of the NESA MARSEC Digital Series, economic conditions in the Gulf region are explored for impacts on maritime security. NESA Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat gives his thoughts on the Gulf economy and the direction to which trend lines point for the future. The event was moderated by NESA’s Jeff Payne. The Read More >

Maritime Dimensions of Regional Rivalries in the Gulf

In this conversation on maritime-related topics in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), NESA Professor COL (ret.) David Des Roches presents in detail on the complex security situation in the Persian Gulf and how such complexity has direct and substantial impacts throughout the larger IOR. The views presented in this article are those of the speaker Read More >

Holistic Maritime Security for the Indian Ocean Region

2 September 2020 In this conversation as part of NESA’s ongoing digital series devoted to maritime security issues in the Indian Ocean Region, Vice Admiral Chauhan (Retd), Director General of the National Maritime Foundation, provides his thoughts on the idea of holistic maritime security for the Indian Ocean Region.  The conversation explores both traditional and Read More >

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