Podcast: Strategic Trends in Maritime Security

SafeSeas director Tim Edmunds was recently interviewed for the RUSI Journal Radio podcast. In a wide ranging discussion, he addresses issues including the importance of the oceans to the global economy, current maritime security threats and vulnerabilities, as well as the wider trends such as the rise in geopolitical competition at sea, the impact of … Read more

Navigating the Future of Maritime Cyber Security

The maritime domain is an increasingly busy and industrialised space. Over 80% of the volume of all global trade is conducted by sea. Maritime trade, and the ships and ports that enable it to take place, are the lifeblood of the global economy. Yet, the maritime sector also faces a series of threats and risks to its … Read more

SafeSeas at North Sea Neighbours Conference 2023

Image credit: https://www.nkt.com/products-solutions/high-voltage-cable-solutions/installation/offshore-installation SafeSeas director Professor Tim Edmunds joined a UK FCDO delegation at the NL-UK North Sea Neighbours conference in The Hague, NL, on 7 December as a speaker on Subsea Critical National Infrastructure protection (CMIP). He emphasised the importance of the North Sea as a test bed for critical maritime infrastructure protection, and … Read more

New Article on the EU as a Global Maritime Security Provider

Image source: https://www.eeas.europa.eu/eeas/maritime-security-eu-republic-korea-and-oman-carry-out-joint-naval-exercise_en SafeSeas directors Christian Bueger and Tim Edmunds have published a new article entitled ‘The European Union’s Quest to become a Global Maritime Security Provider.’ The article is published in Vol.76 No.2 (2023) of the US Naval War College Review. It is open access and available to view at the link above. In … Read more

SafeSeas director presents at the Indian Ocean Island Forum in Bangkok

SafeSeas director Professor Tim Edmunds presented a paper on ‘The Environment and Maritime Security’ at the Indian Ocean Island Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, on 10-12 May 2023. Organised by the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) of the US National Defense University, the event brought together over 40 participants from 21 countries … Read more

SafeSeas attends Wilton Park conference on Human Rights Law at Sea

SafeSeas director Professor Tim Edmunds participated in a Wilton Park conference on Human Rights Law at Sea on 5-7 December 2022. The conference brought together an international group of experts, including academics, policy makers, practitioners, and industry representatives to consider how human rights obligations can best be projected into the maritime domain. Professor Edmunds addressed … 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

UK Publishes New National Strategy for Maritime Security

The UK published a new National Strategy for Maritime Security (NSMS) on 15 August 2022. The NSMS comes at a critical time for the UK maritime sector. Maritime security is key to delivering the UK’s ambitions in foreign, security and defence policy, as well as for blue economic growth and environmental sustainability. At the same … Read more

Time to make it count: implementing the UK’s new maritime security strategy

SafeSeas Director Tim Edmunds has produced a Policy Report based on the ideas discussed at the recent SafeSea’s event on Implementing the UK’s 2022 National Strategy for Maritime Security.  HMS Severn in London. Photo: Lee Blease. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021 In 2022, the UK government will launch a new National Strategy for Maritime … Read more

Why are more small boats crossing the English Channel – and why are border forces struggling to stop them?

By Tim Edmunds and Scott Edwards The number of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats has increased significantly – up to 4,343 this year compared with 857 in the same period last year. The number of lurid headlines calling for action has also increased significantly but the issue is not always well understood. … Read more