Discussion of Maritime Domain Awareness in Southeast Asia

One of the core areas work of the SafeSeas’ project TOCAS is Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). Asking how MDA can become a fruitful tool for better law enforcement at sea, the disruption of transnational organised crime as well as increased cooperation, the SafeSeas team is developing a guide.

On the 24th of January, SafeSeas Director Prof. Bueger had the opportunity to discuss the draft guide with colleagues from Southeast Asia during an event organised by the Maritime Security Programme of RSIS.

MDA is often considered to be one of the keys for addressing maritime insecurity as it provides the knowledge and understanding for policy, institutional reforms as well as operational responses. The one day event had the objective to review the state of MDA in Southeast Asia on a national and regional level. Participants agreed about the value of MDA, but identified quite significant hurdles to achieve better knowledge of the sea.

In his talk Prof. Bueger introduced the work on key guidelines for MDA, summarized some of the promises and argued that many of the known hurdles can be overcome through institutional procedures. The slides of the talk are available here.

SafeSeas presents draft guidelines on MDA at meeting in Durban

SafeSeas presented it’s draft guidelines for maritime domain awareness (MDA) at a meeting of the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC) organised by the Internaitonal Maritime Organisation. At the meeting which was a follow up to the 2018 meeting in Jeddah, the next steps were discussed on how to improve the information sharing network of DCoC, and how to share best practices concerning setting up national MDA centers.  If you are interested in the draft version of the guidelines for building capacity in maritme domain awareness, kindly contact Prof. Bueger.

New funding for SafeSeas anounced

SafeSeas has received new funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of the United Kingdom. The ESRC is the premier grant making authority of the UK in the field of social sciences. As was announced in a press declarration, SafeSeas will receive funding from the ESRC Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS). The funding is for the new SafeSeas project titled “Transnational organised crime at sea: New evidence for better responses” (TOCAS). The project is led by SafeSeas Director Tim Edmunds, who is Professor at the University of Bristol with Professor Christian Bueger from the University of Copenhagen acting as the co-investigator. Continue Reading

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SafeSeas attends inaugural Contact Group meeting in Phillipines

The inaugural meeting of the Contact Group on Maritime Crime in the Sulu and Celebes held its inaugural meeting on the 27th and 28th of August in Manila. The goal of the meeting under the theme “Mapping and Responding to Maritime Crime” is to draw on the sucess of other contact groups such as the CGPCS in order to improve the coordination in tackling maritime crime and building capacity between Indonesia, Malaysia and Phillipines but also the wider region. The meeting was organised by the UNODC’s Global Maritime Crime Programme regional office in Bangkok. SafeSeas Director Prof Christian Bueger attended the meeting and gave a talk refleciting on the usefulness of contact groups and other lessons from fighting maritime crime in the Western Indian Ocean.

SafeSeas attends 21st plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

Prof. Christian Bueger attended the 21st plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast (CGPCS) held in the UN Offices in Nairobi in July 2017. Part of the plenary was a meeting of the Working Group on Operations at Sea in which the current piracy situation at sea was discussed but also emerging issues such as the spillover from the conflict in Yemen, the regulatory framework for floating armouries, as well as the recent version of the Best Management Practices. A more detailed report on the meetings is available at the CGPCS lessons learned website at www.lessonsfrompiracy.net.

SafeSeas visits Southeast Asian partners

During a recent visit to Southeast Asia Prof. Tim Edmunds and Prof Christian Bueger met partners and stakeholders in Southeast Asia. They visited the regional MDA center based in Singapore, the Information Fusion Center (IFC), to discuss how the center provides important directions for other regional architectures. The also met with regional think tanks to discuss collaborations, including the Maritime Security Programme of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies Indonesia based in Jakarta.

The objective of the visit was to further disseminate the best practice toolkit and to prepare SafeSeas new research project on regional maritime security governance systems.