Seshadri Vasan

Commodore (Ret) Seshadri Vasan is the Head Strategy and Security Studies at the Center for Asia Studies. An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, College of Naval Warfare (CNW) and the International Visitor Leadership Programme.Has a distinguished service of over 34 years in the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. His appointments include command of warships, two naval air stations and a long range maritime air squadron. His shore appointments include Chief Staff Officer Operations, Regional Commander of the Easter Region of the Coast Guard, Instructor at the CNW, A Director of Naval Aviation Staff. Since retirement, he has served in two different think tanks and has been regularly participating in international and national seminars. He writes regularly for websites, journals and newspapers. He recently spoke at the Chatham house and also interacted with the All Parliamentary Group on Transatlantic and International Security at the British Parliament in October 2012. His additional assignments include, Asian Director of the World Border Organisation, Member Advisory Group at the Madras University and Stella Maris College, Executive member of the Chennai Centre for China Studies and President of the Navy Foundation, Chennai Chapter. He is also a visiting faculty at the Indian Maritime University, Academy of Maritime Education and Training and the Great Lake Institute of Management.

Whenever we have a seminar on the Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean region, the immediate response is to look at terrorism and piracy as the two main ingredients. Indeed these two headings have taken centre stage particularly due to the impact on mercantile marine trade that is coming under increased pressure as they traverse through high...Full Article »
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With the constant threat of pirates and terrorists, the shipping industry in the Middle East is a dangerous business. Commodore R.S. Vasan (Ret.), Indian Navy, Head, Strategy and Security Studies, Centre for Asia Studies, describe maritime security and air solutions for countering these risks....Full Article »