Tuesday, May 06, 2008
India-South Africa-Brazil Naval Exercises
First, given the nature of the exercises--dealing with terrorists and pirates--it is interesting as a demonstration as to how rising powers are beginning to take steps to ensure their own security rather than simply relying on the U.S. It is also important for what it signals about the interest of the "southern democracies" to work together and to develop independent capabilities.
A South African naval commander, Captain Charl Coetzee, is quoted as saying the exercises are designed to facilitate a "common understanding of interoperability" and to strengthen multilateral cohesion between the three powers.
An interesting development.