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To strengthen maritime security it is crucial that researchers work closely together. The Maritime Security mailing list was launched in 2014 by piracy-studies.org to facilitate cooperation between maritime security researchers and other interested actors. To subscribe to the mailing list please follow the link here. To facilitate collaboration and dialogue across the different sectors and domains … Read more

SafeSeas director Tim Edmunds addresses Maritime Security Symposium in Abu Dhabi

SafeSeas director professor Tim Edmunds delivered an address to a symposium on “Efforts and Initiatives by Third Parties to Secure Peace and Stability in the Horn of Africa: Assessment of Roles and Interests”, organised by TRENDS in Abu Dhabi on 22 November 2022. A recording of the full symposium is available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYFFFOVnGGs&t=7304s&ab_channel=TRENDSResearch%26Advisory. Professor Edmunds’ … Read more

SafeSeas researchers present at international maritime security forums

In November 2022 SafeSeas researchers attend several important international maritime security forums. Dr. Jan Stockbruegger will be attending the 50th Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) meeting in Bahrain. He will be providing an academic perspective to the event, drawing on a recent research article on maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean. He argues that … Read more

New research project on the harms of maritime piracy

By Bryan Peters & Letizia Paoli Maritime piracy constitutes one of the most serious “blue crimes” (e.g., Bueger & Edmunds, 2020) and represents a significant threat in many parts of the world, such the Gulf of Guinea and the waters off the Horn of Africa. Although the total number of reported incidents has recently declined, … Read more

Nord Stream Attack: SafeSeas research receives wide media attention

Following the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines, our research on submarine data cables, has caught significant attention. Coverage includes Der Spiegel, Wall Street Journal and several national newspapers. SafeSeas director Professor Christian Bueger also published three commentaries: A commentary in the Conversation demonstrated why the underwater domain gains little attention. A commentary in The … Read more

How to protect critical maritime infrastructures – event summary

By Christian Bueger The attack on the Nord Stream attack has brought much attention to critical maritime infrastructures and their protection. Yet, we are far from a solid understanding of what critical maritime infrastructures are and what kind of protection they need. To contribute to this critical knowledge the ocean infrastructure research group of the … Read more

Nord Stream pipeline sabotage: how an attack could have been carried out and why Europe was defenceless

By Christian Bueger Whatever caused the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, it appears to be the first major attack on critical “subsea” (underwater) infrastructure in Europe. It’s now widely thought – not least by Nato – that the explosions that led to major leaks in the two pipelines were not caused by accidents. … Read more

Event in Copenhagen: Critical maritime infrastructures – understanding the challenges

The oceans host various important infrastructures. Shipping, routes and ports are vital for global trade. In the subsea it is pipelines supplying oil and gas, electricity cables that are key in the green revolution, and data cables that today’s digital connectivity depends on. Yet, in debates on critical infrastructure, the maritime is often forgotten. The … Read more

Implementing the UK’s Indo-Pacific ’tilt’ in Southeast Asia through equitable and sustainable partnerships

By Robert Yates & Scott Edwards In June 2022, the University of Bristol hosted a workshop bringing together academics working on Southeast Asia. From a variety of disciplines, participants explored what an integrated presence could look like, and the different dynamics the UK needs to consider. This policy report summarises the findings of the workshop … Read more

Event – Cabling Africa: Digital connectivity, subsea data cables and their protection

SafeSeas is co-hosting a public event in Cape Town, South Africa on the 23.9. 14.00-16.00. Chaired by Timothy Walker (Institute for Security Studies), the roundtable will feature presentations from key experts and stakeholders, including the Indian Ocean Commission, the African Union and the digital industry. Register here to attend and to receive further information Digital … Read more

New Commentary: the contact group in the Western Indian Ocean

In early 2022 a subtle, but substantial shift took place in the Western Indian Ocean’s security architecture: The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (known as CGPCS) closed shop. It was replaced by a new format. Yet, not much action followed. In a new commentary, Christian Bueger investigates the prospects of the … Read more