maritime trade

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The Oceans: Our New ‘Wild West’

[Moderator’s Note:  This article was published previously in the Halifax ChronicleHerald. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.] Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, retired commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, once described the world’s oceans as anything but peaceful and placid — more like “the wild west.” He spoke […]

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A Secure Ocean Commons – Are We Doing Enough?

A safe and secure ocean commons has been a goal for decades. Initiatives to achieve this tend to have their roots in significant events that become forcing functions for change. For example, attention was focused on the security of ships and ports immediately after the 2001 attacks in New York […]

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The Battle of the Atlantic*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 01 May 2011. On 16 April, I had the opportunity to speak with a number of veterans at the Battle of Atlantic Annual Admiral Desmond Piers Dinner.  Before the dinner, the veterans held a sombre ceremony to commemorate […]

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The maritime security requirement is under appreciated

In 2007, the federal government launched the National Policy Framework for Strategic Gateways and Trade Corridors. The goal of the strategy is “to provide a quick, reliable, and secure transportation network between North American markets and markets in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia via the Suez Canal.” The […]

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The navy’s contribution to keeping the oceans safe and secure*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 07 February 2011. Many have seen the news on increased piracy in the Horn of Africa and that mariners of all nations still remain at high risk in this area.  The desperate actions of economically disadvantaged pirates off […]

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Canadian navy’s role in maritime trade*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 10 January 2011. I have decided to focus my first article of the New Year on prosperity and the impact your navy has on contributing to ensuring the freedom of movement of trade on the oceans transit ways […]

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A very real threat to today’s seafarers

Sadly, today’s maritime terrorism is a complicated and multi-faceted problem.  There are many potential perpetrators with an infinite number of associated possible or probable scenarios.  These depend upon whether the threat is targeted at vessels moving along sea lines of communication, or is a threat targeted at a maritime facility […]

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Chinese Aircraft Carriers? – Let Them Have Them*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article is reprinted with the permission of the author.  It appeared first on CSIS’s The Pacific Forum on 4 May as “PacNet Number 32.”  The original website can be found at this URL: http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/pac0932.pdf. Tetsuo Kotani (tetsuo.kotani@gmail.com) is a Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Foundation. […]

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