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Conserving the Pacific's Fish Stocks

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-12-08 20:20:43

[By Dr. Quentin Hanich] The western and central Pacific Ocean is home to the world’s most productive tuna fisheries, supplying global markets with canned tuna, sashimi and other tuna products. Industrial catches of skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye, and albacore are collectively...

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Oman's Smugglers Await the Return of Iranian Sanctions

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-11-15 21:35:37

[By Alexander Balas] In 2017 the waters of the Persian Gulf are still choppy. There is U.S. President Donald Trump's choice to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, Iran's bluster under President Hassan Rouhani and the ongoing U.S. efforts to end the dispute between several Gulf states and...

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China Charts a More Assertive Foreign Policy

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-10-27 22:04:19

[By Bonnie Glaser and Matthew P. Funaiole] In a landmark address that kicked off the 19th Party Congress, President Xi Jinping articulated his vision for China's future. The three-and-a-half-hour reading of the work report saw Xi wax poetic about the priorities of...

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After Marawi, Abu Sayyaf Could Return to Kidnapping

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-10-20 21:31:24

[By Sidney Jones] Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the “liberation of Marawi,” and the Philippines military says Isnilon Hapilon, the Abu Sayyaf militant seen as Islamic State group's leader in southeast Asia, and Omar Maute, another senior militant, are dead. But...

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Hard Questions for the Future of the Royal Navy

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-10-11 20:34:19

[By James Goldrick] In the last few days, the British press and social media have been rife with reports that the Royal Marines are to be reduced by 1000 from their present establishment of 6500. In addition, the amphibious fleet may be...

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North Korean Nuclear Program May Need Ocean Test Blasts

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-09-29 16:23:58

[By Morris Jones] A test of a North Korean thermonuclear weapon (or H-Bomb) over the Pacific Ocean is a horrifying proposition. Apart from the serious strategic implications, the physical blast and electromagnetic effects of such a detonation would be catastrophic....

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China Challenges India's Leadership in Indian Ocean

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-09-13 18:54:18

[By Abhijit Singh] The recent Indian Ocean conference at Colombo generated much enthusiasm in India's strategic circles. Organised by the India Foundation (a prominent Delhi think tank aligned closely with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government) in collaboration with the S Rajaratnam School...

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N. Korean Shipments May Be for Syrian Weapons Program

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-08-29 19:34:55

[By Rod Barton] On August 22, Reuters reported that two North Korean shipments of unspecified goods on their way to Syria had recently been intercepted. Citing a confidential UN sanctions committee report, Reuters claimed that the importing Syrian agency was a...

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North Korea Displaces S. China Sea on ASEAN Agenda

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-08-07 17:11:28

[By Erin Cook] Just over a year ago, Manila was celebrating an unprecedented international ruling in its favour against China in the disputed South China Sea. This weekend, the city played host to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...

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China Plans to Export Armed Drones

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-07-26 19:54:52

[By Jennifer S. Hunt] Once the domain of only a handful of states, weaponized drones are now part of the military arsenal of no less than a dozen countries. That number is set to expand after China announced it would...

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