Sanjay Badri-Maharaj

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  • Dr. Sanjay Badri-Maharaj is an independent defence analyst and attorney-at-law based in Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a PhD on India's nuclear weapons programme and an MA from the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. He has served as a consultant to the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of National Security.

    The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

    The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

    While there have been no studies on the motivation of Trinidadian Muslims to travel to join ISIS fighters, it is possible that the idea of the Caliphate has fired the imagination of disaffected youth.

    August 08, 2016

    China’s Growing Influence in the Caribbean

    China’s Growing Influence in the Caribbean

    China’s push for influence among the Caribbean political elite has been replicated with an equally determined effort to court the military and the bureaucratic elite in the region, often deftly stepping in to take advantage of senseless overreactions on the part of the United States.

    August 03, 2016

    July 27, 1990: Trinidad’s day of infamy

    July 27, 1990: Trinidad’s day of infamy

    On July 27, 1990, Trinidad experienced its own day of infamy when the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen staged an armed insurrection and held hostage the then Prime Minister, most of his cabinet and several opposition MPs, plus the staff of the television and radio networks.

    July 26, 2016

    Philippine Naval Weakness Hampers Response to South China Sea Award

    Philippine Naval Weakness Hampers Response to South China Sea Award

    As the need for a modern and capable naval force grows ever more urgent, it remains to be seen if the Philippine Navy’s latest modernisation plans will become a reality or be still-born as was the case with earlier efforts.

    July 19, 2016

    Wither CARICOM? – Prospects Post-Brexit

    Wither CARICOM? – Prospects Post-Brexit

    “Brexit” has led to much concern within the Caribbean Community, as it assesses its possible impact upon its plans for greater regional integration. One cannot completely rule out the possibility of some of the member-states of CARICOM going the British way.

    July 11, 2016

    Indian Arms Sales to Latin America

    Indian Arms Sales to Latin America

    As India embarks on a quest to boost its arms exports, the Latin America-Caribbean region offers India both markets and potential partnerships. Though India is not a stranger to the region, it needs to have a more systematic and coordinated approach.

    July 05, 2016

    Potential Defence Cooperation between Papua New Guinea and India

    Potential Defence Cooperation between Papua New Guinea and India

    The Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) is preparing to undergo a major expansion programme. India can assist in enhancing and developing PNGDF’s capabilities without coming into conflict or competition with the Australian interests.

    June 28, 2016

    Indian Naval Sales – The Cautious Emergence of a New Supplier

    Indian Naval Sales – The Cautious Emergence of a New Supplier

    Should GRSE and GSL deliver satisfactory services to their export customers, there is considerable potential for India to position itself as a competitive supplier of small and medium warships and patrol crafts.

    June 22, 2016

    China’s Growing Arms Sales to Latin America

    China Defence Sales

    The United States, once the dominant influence over the armed forces of the region, is now in danger of losing that position to China and has already lost it in countries like Bolivia and Venezuela.

    June 20, 2016

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