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 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.
SafeSeas Director Prof. Christian Bueger participated in the 9th edition of the Galle Dialogue of the Sri Lanka navy. The Galle Dialogue is an important regional forum in the discussion of maritime security and the geo-political dynamics of the Indian Ocean. Prof. Bueger chaired the opening panel which featured presentations from the navies of India, China, Russia, and the US.
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
Fishcrime is an international forum to address fishery crimes by exhcaning information and working towards better coordination. The 4th FishCrime Symposium takes place in Copenhagen from the 15th to 17th of September. Prof Tim Edmunds and Prof Christian Bueger from the SafesSeas network will attend the event.
SafeSeas is organising an event in cooperation with the University of Copenhagen to discuss “Securing Africa’s Maritime Future”. The event will be a conversation with Timothy Walker (Institute for Security Studies, South Africa) & Mark Blaine (South African Navy & University of Stellenbosch). Continue Reading
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 of maritime security in different regional waters and the global oceans, subscribers are invited to join the list and use it to
- Inform about recent studies, articles and books in the field of maritime security (including promoting their own work).
- Circulate call for papers and advertise events, workshops and conferences. These should be directed at or of interested for analysts and scholars in the field of maritime security and should be not-for-profit.
- Raise questions on distinct research topics in the field of maritime security or invite to comment on a piece of work, such as a draft paper.
- Point to major new policy documents and developments which are of general interest to the group (such as a new maritime security strategy).
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.
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.
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.