MSF Monitor November,2018

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Maritime Study Forum (MSF) Monitor endeavors to bring all aspects of maritime concern to our readers in a glimpse. The Monitor covers the Global maritime outlook, with special attention on Pakistan and the Indo-Pacific region. News,Opinions, Events, all things of interest are covered.

The month of November saw Pakistan Navy conduct maritime exercise
Seaspark-18 and PM Imran Khan highlighting the importance of Gwadar Port for China to gain access to the rest of the region, in the Shanghai Expo. President Arif Alvi inaugurates the 10th International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS – 2018); while PN Chief of Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Commander of the UAE Naval Forces Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries. PN conducted a beach-cleaning and tree plantation awareness campaign at Sea-View and Maqbool Ahmed wrote a piece ‘The mysterious case of land acquisitions in Baluchistan’.

In the regional context there were several major developments, Washington
allowed Indian companies to continue importing oil from Iran up till March; Iran’s Navy announced Iran will develop a new destroyer, with two new submarines joining Iran’s naval fleet. India held it biennial Indian Ocean Naval Symposium,marking IONS as a catalyst for SAGAR’. In this month we also found Bill Spindle and Rajesh Roy discuss how the Iranian Port Project poses a dilemma for the US and M. Ashraf Haidari stressing in his article that Afghanistan’s stabilization can ensure maritime security in the region.

In the global front we saw tensions intensifying between Russia and Ukraine. The US temporarily allowed eight importers to keep buying Iranian oil. Tensions in the SCS remained as US Navy ships sail through Taiwan Strait for the third time this year and the Taiwan Navy got two warships from the US. Meanwhile, China is promoting its new CM-401 supersonic ballistic anti-ship missile. Annual Brunei-US naval was also an event of interest.

Hannah Leung wrote ‘Five Asian countries dump more plastic into oceans than anyone else combined’. Christopher Miller and Jacqueline Wester Mann reflect on five years of conflict in Ukraine since the 2013.

Notable events were organized for instance; Safety4Sea Conference was
organized in Hamburg, Germany. World Ocean Council (WOC) organized the 6th Sustainable Ocean Summit in Hong Kong, China. IDEAS – 2018 Maritime Conference was organized by Bahria University Karachi, Pakistan. World’s first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference was organized in Nairobi, Kenya.

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