Commentaries

Beirut explosion: the disaster was exceptional but events leading up to it were not
By Scott Edwards and Christian Bueger At the time of writing at least 100 people have lost their lives and a further 4,000 have been wounded following an explosion in the Port of Beirut. While the actual cause remains uncertain, the tragedy calls to attention the tremendous consequences of a ...
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What We Know About Corruption in the Maritime Sector
In the summer of 2019, I began to think about what we know about corruption in the maritime sector. My first impulse was to be found in popular culture. The second season of The Wire takes point of departure in a port. The series delves into criminal networks and the ...
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Brexit: how the UK is preparing to secure its seas outside the EU
Scott Edwards and Tim Edmunds recently wrote a short article for The Conversation, drawing upon insights from the SafeSeas Policy Brief 'Delivering Maritime Security after Brexit: time for a joined-up approach'. Four dinghies carrying 53 migrants who tried to cross the English Channel from France were intercepted by British and ...
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How to improve the delivery of capacity building? Insights from a coordination meeting
How can capacity building training for maritime security be better coordinated in West and Central Africa? This was the core question of a recent meeting - ‘Strategic Dialogue Workshop On West and Central Africa Maritime Security Training Capacity’ - held from 25 – 28 February 2020 in Accra, Ghana. The ...
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Brexit’s challenge to maritime security
By Timothy Edmunds and Barry J. Ryan The politics of Britain’s security after Brexit are contentious and fast moving. But most discussion has focused on the security of land. The security of the sea has received less attention. Featured image: “River Class patrol vessels”, Crown copyright 2019 via Royal Navy ...
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From coordination to command: making Thailand’s maritime security governance more efficient?
Safeseas Research Associate Scott Edwards recently had the opportunity to access insights from Thailand’s Maritime Enforcement Command Center (ThaiMECC). Previously the Maritime Enforcement Coordination Centre, the change of name is indicative of a new intended direction for the agency. ThaiMECC provides a new noteworthy example of Maritime Domain Awareness, which ...
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Growing, yet cautious, optimism – maritime security in the Philippines
Safeseas Research Associate Scott Edwards recently visited the Philippines and had the opportunity to assess some of the over-arching themes of Philippine maritime security focused upon by security practitioners. The Philippines faces a large array of security issues, ranging from kidnappings that fund terrorist activities; piracy in an area in ...
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Uniting nations: developing maritime domain awareness for the ‘Blue Pacific’
This commentary by Christian Bueger and Anthony Bergin was originally published on ASPI's The Strategist Pacific island states face a pressing need to understand more about what’s happening in the waters that surround them and to work more closely to deal with threats and crises. Maritime security-related issues represent some ...
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Maritime spill over! Shipping at risk. The global consequences of the conflict in Yemen.
What started as a small scale rebellion has now become a full-fledged civil war fuelled by external engagements: Yemen's political futures is more and more uncertain. The country is on the way to a protracted conflict as we have come to know it from the situations in Somalia, Libya and ...
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Approaches to maritime governance: Coordination instruments in Seychelles and Kenya
One of the core challenges of governing the maritime in order to achieve the goals associated with maritime security and the blue economy is the coordination of the different governmental agencies implementing policies at sea and those societal actors that use the sea. Our recent meetings with practitioners in Kenya ...
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