FEATURE | India’s submarine rivalry with China in the second nuclear age

There are substantially fewer nuclear weapons today than at the height of the Cold War. Yet the overall risks of nuclear war – by design, accident, rogue launch or system error – have grown in the second nuclear age. That’s because more countries with fragile command-and-control systems possess these deadly weapons. Terrorists want them, and they are vulnerable to human error, system malfunction and cyberattack.

FEATURE | The "2+2" India–US dialogue and the maritime tango in the Indo-Pacific

After two deferments and much scepticism, the maiden 2+2 meeting between India and the US was finally held in New Delhi last month. Elevating the erstwhile "strategic dialogue", which involved the Indian foreign minister and the US secretary of state, the revised format included the Indian defence minister and the US secretary of defence as well, giving it the "2+2" moniker. The dialogue yielded significant and tangible outcomes that could potentially have a major impact on maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region.

  • Published in Naval

FEATURE | Japan is back in the Bay of Bengal

The eastern Indian Ocean has become contested waters. The competition for position between China, India and the US is becoming ever more pronounced. But some recent developments indicate that Japan also intends to become an important security player in the region. Japan is back in the Bay of Bengal.

FEATURE | Indo-Pacific: are the British coming back?

The British Royal Navy looks set to make a significant reappearance in the Indo-Pacific after the long distraction of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Australian decision to buy nine BAE Systems Type 26 ASW frigates is the latest in a flurry of indications suggesting the UK has an increased strategic interest in the region, kept alive through strong cultural, historic, and defence ties.

  • Published in Naval

FEATURE | Hunting for the reason – Australia's new frigates

Australia's 2016 Defence White Paper stated that the country's nine new future frigates would be "optimised for anti-submarine warfare". According to the Australian Government, they will be, "one of the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates". It stands to reason, hopefully, that for AU$35 billion (US$25 billion) the government is addressing a serious submarine threat to Australia.

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