Maritime Security in Kenya

This working paper provides a primer to the SAFE SEAS case study of the maritime security sector in Kenya drawing on elements of the SPIP methodology. It examines the maritime spaces of Kenya, the problems, and challenges facing these spaces as well as the existing legal, policy and institutional frameworks for tackling these problems. Read … Read more

New Concept Note on Kenya and maritime security published

Kenya’s waters provide significant domestic and international economic opportunities. These prospects are, however, undermined by a wide range of maritime security challenges. The nature of these security concerns, in particular the impact of Somali piracy, has resulted in maritime security becoming an emergent priority for the Kenyan government. As a primer to the SAFE SEAS case … Read more

Capturing Capacity Building

Capacity building is a buzzword of international politics. It is a concept through which very diverse activities geared at assisting countries are described. The Sustainable Development Goals rely substantially on the idea that least developed countries require improved capacities to address poverty and other issues. As Venner notes, “capacity building has thus become something that … Read more

New publication addresses how counter-piracy governance can be theorized

In an article published with the European Journal of International Relations, Prof Christian Bueger, investigates how the cooperation in counter-piracy off the coast of Somalia can be theorized. Investigating the making of the Best Management Practices and the controversy around the High Risk Area – two of the core devices of counter-piracy – he argues … Read more

Book by Robert McCabe on piracy published

SAFE SEAS Research Associate Dr Robert McCabe’s new book – Modern Maritime Piracy: Genesis, Evolution and Responses – has been published with Routledge this week. The book explores the genesis and evolution of modern maritime piracy in the western Indian Ocean and southeast Asia including responses by regional and international governments in both policy and practice. It offers … Read more

What is the future agenda of maritime security studies?

In a new article published with International Affairs, Christian Bueger and Tim Edmunds set out to contextualize the rise of maritime security and discuss what follows for the agenda of maritime security studies, but also the discipline more broadly. One of the areas that the article highlights is the importance of capacity building. The article … Read more

Maritime Security in Seychelles

This concept note introduces the SAFE SEAS case study of the maritime security sector in the Seychelles. Drawing on the SPIP methodology, the country profile is introduced, the organization of maritime space reviewed and the core maritime security issues identified by the country are discussed. The Seychelles provides a particularly interesting case as an archipelagic … Read more

New Concept Note on Maritime Security in Seychelles published

The Seychelles provides a particularly interesting case study as an archipelagic Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in which oceans policy for sustainable development and maritime security are core drivers of the governmental agenda. To illuminate these important issues, SAFE SEAS has published a new Concept Note on Maritime Security in Seychelles that examines how Seychelles regulates … Read more

New publication investigates maritime domain awareness

In a new publication titled “Effective Maritime Domain Awareness in the Western Indian Ocean”, SAFESEAS principal investigator Prof. Bueger discusses the importance of maritime domain awareness for the region and asks how the structures can be better supported. He argues for the importance of paying more attention to low-tech solutions and working with human sources. The … Read more

Mapping Maritime Security Sectors

Maritime security capacity building in the Western Indian Ocean remains a largely experimental process. At SAFE SEAS we are interested in mapping Maritime Security Sector Reform (MSSR) processes in this region, centred on practices or ‘concrete’ activities rather than conceptual or theoreticalapproaches. This allows for a more nuanced representation of a states maritime sector and … Read more