Piracy

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Naval build-up ongoing in Arab Gulf States

Last week saw Qatar host the second Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX). The event gave companies in the maritime security field the opportunity to show off their goods and services to a wide audience of international and regional naval personnel. On display were ships from Pakistan, India, […]

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Britain’s Foreign Affairs Committee Report critical of naval anti-piracy efforts

The Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) of the British parliament has published its tenth report, entitled “Piracy off the coast of Somalia.” You can read the report here. The report notes that, while the establishment of the safety transit corridor has made the Gulf of Aden reasonably safe, their concentration of effort […]

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To group or not to group?*

*Moderator’s Note: Portions of this article appeared originally as “The History and Theory of Naval Effects-Based Operations” in Effects-Based Approaches to Operations: Canadian Perspectives, Alan English and Howard Coombs, eds., Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre, 2008, pp. 95-102. Placing warships into groups for the accomplishment of tasks is indeed a […]

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The ‘money trail’ reveals linkages between Somali pirates and terrorists.

For some time there has been a debate over whether or not there is a connection between Somali pirates and the militant group known as al Shabaab, which has connections with al Qaeda.  A news article carried by Reuters, cites John Steed, the principal military adviser to the U.N. special […]

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Stockholm Conference on ‘Persistent Piracy’ Announcement and Call for Papers

The Centre for Maritime Studies (CEMAS), Stockholm University, and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm, supported by a grant from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, have issued a call for papers for their upcoming conference on piracy. The conference “aims to explore, from an inter-disciplinary, transnational and inter-sectional perspective, why piracy and […]

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Somali Pirates escalate their operations to a dangerous new level

Following the warning published in MarineLink.com on Thursday 24 March that the trend in the use of violence by pirates would escalate into a small war, a major development occurred that has added new credibility to this alarm.  The Economic Times carried an article on 18 April, entitled “Somali pirates […]

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EUNAVFOR versus Somali piracy – A war worth winning?*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article was posted on Defence iQ on 30 March.  The first paragraph is reproduced here, along with a link the remainder of the article, with the permission of the editor. Policy is the player The EU’s response (Operation ATALANTA) to Somali Piracy under the Common Security and […]

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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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