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After two decades of engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq, where land and air power ruled supreme, the U.S. Navy is again on the leading edge of American foreign policy. Freedom of Navigation missions and bold forward deployments of carrier task groups are just part of a new policy to challenge expansion by strategic adversaries such as China and Russia. Yet for the Trump maritime strategy to work, it must be sustained by effective communications and diplomacy, and by an accelerated naval construction program.
Captain James E. Fanell
Indonesia has adopted a maritime development strategy that calls for
infrastructure buildup and exploitation of sea-based resources, including
offshore oil and gas drilling. Logical as this strategy could be for an
archipelagic state with huge development needs, it may easily put the
politically cautious Jakarta on a collision course with Beijing.
Dr. Frank Umbach
Chinese naval construction
has far outpaced that of the United States for many years. By some measures,
the lethality of its surface combatants is a match for comparable Western
vessels – or even better. With the U.S. Navy already stretched thin in the East
Asia, reliance on its traditional allies and long-time technological edge is
not enough. There must be more hulls in the water.
Dr. Michael Leigh
For a long time after World War II, India attracted little interest from Japan. New Delhi was on the wrong side of the Cold War in Tokyo’s eyes, and its autarkic economic policies left little space for Japanese trade or investment. In time, Japan became India’s largest aid supplier and continues to lead donors. Over the past eight years, though, the two countries h...
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri