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Operation Irini: Exclusive Interview With Rear Adm. De Muizon

The Operation Irini started two years ago with the goal of contributing to re establish stability in Libya. This exclusive interview of the French Rear Admiral Jean de Muizon, Deputy Operation Commander since December 2021, allows us to understand all the aspects and insights of the European Union Naval mission. Rear Admiral De Muizon, Deputy … Continue reading Operation Irini: Exclusive Interview With Rear Adm. De Muizon

French ATL 2 maritime patrol aircraft is operating in Mediterranean Sea

IRINI: Peace Guarantor in the Mediterranean Sea

As of May 2022, Operation IRINI (or EUNAVFOR MED IRINI) has been in effect in the Mediterranean Sea for just over two years, having been initiated on March 31st, 2020. The operation has attracted international criticism, and nations around the Mediterranean Sea are divided over whether it should continue. But what is Operation IRINI? What … Continue reading IRINI: Peace Guarantor in the Mediterranean Sea

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Freedom of Navigation in the East Med Sea

freedom navigation The concept of “lawfare” has been defined by US General Dunlap as “the strategy of using or misusing law as a substitute for international military measures to achieve an operational objective”. In the maritime field, it implies the misinterpretation and misapplication of international law of the sea and especially the principle of freedom … Continue reading Freedom of Navigation in the East Med Sea

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Maritime Security in Mediterranean, the European Union Strategy

EU Flag The Mediterranean Sea has always been a strategic maritime trade and transportation region. However, the numerous islands and peninsulas in the area have made it convenient for smugglers to operate. But, the rise of terrorist groups in North Africa has only compounded the problem. The European Union has developed a maritime security strategy … Continue reading Maritime Security in Mediterranean, the European Union Strategy

robbery cases, off the coast of Libya.

The Disturbing Rise of Maritime Robbery off Libya

Libya map From 2016, the rise of maritime robbery cases observed off the coast of Libya, more precisely in the province of Derna is disturbing the freedom of navigation in Mediterranean sea. A brief history about Freedom of navigation Yore, freedom of navigation was a dream, then a concept, born in the 17th century. Once … Continue reading The Disturbing Rise of Maritime Robbery off Libya

Eastern Mediterranean, a flashpoint

Eastern Mediterranean flashpoint Eastern Mediterranean is a crossroads between continents. The complexity of the region and tensions between countries make the area a dangerous flashpoint. All kind of destabilization and maritime issues monitored seem to be linked to one actor, the president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Where is Eastern Mediterranean? Eastern Mediterranean is a … Continue reading Eastern Mediterranean, a flashpoint

Afghan refugees through Mediterranean Sea

Afghan Refugees Through Mediterranean Sea

afghan refugees Because of the Taliban’s power seizure in Afghanistan, EU expects a humanitarian crisis and a large-scale migratory movement towards Europe. In that case, Afghan refugees will probably use on the three Mediterranean routes to find safety and peace, even with all dangers they can encountered. People crossing the Mediterranean Sea The Mediterranean Sea … Continue reading Afghan Refugees Through Mediterranean Sea

Merchant vessel aground in the Suez Canal

Suez Canal Ship Blocked, The (Real) Consequences

Ever Given and Suez Canal blocking Even with modern navigation system, the worst can happen On March 23 2021, while crossing the Suez Canal on her way to Rotterdam, the Merchant Vessel (MV) Ever Given grounded in the middle of the Canal. Probably because of strong gusts of wind and a sandstorm, this maritime incident … Continue reading Suez Canal Ship Blocked, The (Real) Consequences

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43 Mediterranean Fish Species Threatened

threatened fish species The Mediterranean Sea used to be a wonderful ecosystem with more than 7% of global marine fish species, with a total of 519 different species. Unfortunately, maritime pollution, over-stock fishing and a lack of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) led to a degradation of its ecosystem. Over 8% of Mediterranean fish species are … Continue reading 43 Mediterranean Fish Species Threatened