West Asia’s geopolitics part the Red Sea

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Asian states, particularly Asian economies importing oil as primary customers today, will see a demand for a significant increase in their military footprint in and around the waters of West Asia.

Over the past few years, the fallout of West Asian geopolitics has often played on the high seas, with tensions between the Gulf and Israel on one side and Iran on the other playing out in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, and most notably the Strait of Hormuz — a critical narrow body of water between Iran and the Arab Gulf. As of 2018, more than 20 million barrels of oil travelled through the Strait of Hormuz each day, arguably making it one of the most critical chokepoints for global oil and gas supplies. The alternative route, developed around the Red Sea, is now also developing as a major point of inflection.

Tensions between Iran and the Gulf have always been the nucleus of security concerns in the region. However, after Iran signed the nuclear deal…

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