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06 May 2021

The three countries must contend with a number of common threats in regard to their bilateral and trilateral relationships as well as finding ways to enhance those relationships. Sitting astride busy sea lines of communication, the Maldives and Sri Lanka are vulnerable to oil pollution. Through capacity building, India should equip them in managing such emergencies, while officers who have undergone military training in India and now hold senior positions in the Maldivian military and the Sri Lankan Government can further facilitate useful links with India.

News from the CEO

  • 6 May 2021
    What’s Next?

    The Japanese Self-Defence Force will host its first-ever joint military exercise with US and French ground forces in the country’s south-west, from 11-17 May.

  • 27 April 2021
    What’s Next?

    The nineteenth iteration of the annual France-India Varuna naval exercise wraps up in the Arabian Sea on 27 April.

  • 10 March 2021
    What’s Next?

    The first summit of the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (“Quad”) countries – Australia, India, Japan and the United States – will be held virtually on 12 March.

  • 3 February 2021
    What’s Next?

    The Pacific Islands Forum will hold its virtual Special Leaders Retreat on 3 February. Somalia will hold a presidential election on 8 February.


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