As part of its biennial multi-national naval exercise Aman, the Pakistani government is organizing an International Maritime Conference. This years iteration had the theme “Global Geopolitics in Transition: Rethinking Maritime Dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region”. As part of the conference SafeSeas director Prof. Bueger gave a keynote address arguing that Pakistan needs to peer towards the Western Indian Ocean, rather then rely on a broader regional construct. Drawing on the current work of Safeseas on a regional guide, Prof. Bueger asked what the right security architecture for the Western Indian Ocean is. Further information on the conference is available here. A copy the my talk is available here.
In January 2019, SafeSeas’ director Prof. Tim Edmunds, visited the National Maritime Information Centre (NMIC) in Portsdown, UK. NMIC, is one of the most interesting international role models of how to organise Maritime Domain Awareness on a national level. Understanding how its worked might be replicated in other regions of the world, is one important part of the answer of how to fight maritime crime.
While hosted by the Royal Navy, NMIC has an interesting governance structure and is not ‘owned’ by any one individual ministry or department. It is a collective resource, shared and funded by a range of government bodies and agencies with interests in the sea. Continue Reading
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
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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.