Securing Persian Gulf Week

By Dmitry Filipoff

This week CIMSEC will be featuring articles submitted in response to our Call for Articles on securing the Persian Gulf. According to the Call for Articles:

“A recent spate of attacks in the Persian Gulf is highlighting the fragile security environment within this strategic body of water. The Gulf, filled with commercial ships carrying much of the world’s oil supply, narrowly separates two adversarial factions composed of Arab states and Iran. As economic disturbances stem from the recent attacks, world leaders are debating how to respond, how to shore up deterrence, and how these attacks figure into Iranian strategy.”

Below is a list of articles featuring during the topic week that may be updated as prospective authors finalize additional publications.

Escorting in the Persian Gulf: Firefighting, Policing, or Bodyguarding?” by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D.
Why Unmanned Systems Are The Go-To Option for Gray Zone Ops in the Gulf” by Heiko Borchert
Will The Sentinel Program Work? Understanding Iranian Aggression and U.S. Mixed Signals” by Irina Tsukerman

Dmitry Filipoff is CIMSEC’s Director of Online Content. Contact him at

Featured Image: In this Sunday, July 21, 2019 photo, a speedboat of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard trains a weapon toward the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz by the Guard, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. (Morteza Akhoondi/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

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