Christian Bueger


High Level Workshop in Jeddah

From the 7th to the 10th of May a High Level Workshop on the implementation of the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC+) takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The DCoC+ is one of the most important maritime security governance frameworks in the Western Indian Ocean. Signatories to the code include the majority of Western Indian Ocean states, with the exception of India, Pakistan and Iran.  DCoC+ provides a basis for information sharing, joint prioritization as well as capacity building and training.

The objective of the high level workshop is to agree on the next steps in putting the  DCoC+ agreement into action. Discussions will in particular concern national efforts in maritime security governance, how to improve information sharing, and the relations between DCoC+ and other initiatives in the region, particularly as it relates to capacity building.

I will support the workshop as a facilitator and will feed the insights from our project Safeseas into the process. I am scheduled to give two presentations, one on the fundamentals of regional maritime security governance, and one on the coordination of regional capacity building, as well as chair two of the sessions. The transcript of the talk on regional maritime security governance is available here.


Keynote Address at Regional Security Information Sharing Workshop

On April the 15th I will be giving a keynote address to the Pacific Islands Forum’s Regional Security Information Sharing Workshop held at the headquarters of the Forum Fishery Agency in Solomon Islands. The objective of the workshop is to develop the contours of a Maritime Domain Awareness architecture for the region taking the existing fishery surveillance center as a starting point. The goal will be further to make steps towards codifying the architecture in the forthcoming Biketawa Plus agreement on regional security cooperation.

In my keynote address, I will discuss the opportunities and risks related to national and regional maritime domain awareness drawing on the Safeseas Best Practice Toolkit and my recent research on regional maritime domain awareness structures in the Meditteranean, the Western Indian Ocean, and Southeast Asia.


New edition of International Practice Theory is published

The 2nd, revised version of the book International Practice Theory, co-authored with Frank Gadinger is now published and avialable through all good bookstores.  The blurb reads as follows:

International Practice Theory is the definitive introduction to the practice turn in world politics, providing an accessible, up-to-date guide to the approaches, concepts, methodologies, and methods of the subject. Situating the study of practices in contemporary theory and reviewing approaches ranging from Bourdieu’s praxeology and communities of practice to actor-network theory and pragmatic sociology, it documents how they can be used to study international practices empirically. The book features a discussion of how scholars can navigate ontological challenges such as order and change, micro and macro, bodies and objects, and power and critique. Interpreting practice theory as a methodological orientation, it also provides an essential guide for the design, execution, and drafting of a praxiographic study.

For the second edition we have made several significant changes, and in particular, extended the coverage of theorists and recent works in the field. We have also broadened the discussion of methods and research strategies. Contact me by email if you are interested in receiving a review copy of the book.


Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore

From the April to June,  I will be an in resident senior visiting fellow at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. During my residential period in Singapore, I will work on advancing conceptual work on the theory of epistemic infrastructures, a case study of maritime domain awareness, and on manuscripts on informal global governance and praxiographic text analysis.


Lecture visit to Australia

During March I will be visiting Australia to meet a range of partners in the fields of international relations theory and maritime security governance. I am also scheduled to give lectures in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.


Best Practice Toolkit on maritime security published

One of the core outcomes of my research project SAFESEAS is now published. The report titled “Mastering Maritime Security. Reflexive Capacity Building and the Western Indian Ocean Experience” is the result of 16 months work. The report consolidates the experience in capacity building in that region and offers a best practice toolkit for maritime security practitioners in calling for the importance of reflexivity.  The report will be launched at a Symposium in Nairobi next week.


SafeSeas organises High-Level Symposium in Nairobi

As part of my project SafeSeas. A Study of Maritime Security Capacity Building in the Western Indian Ocean, we are organizing a High-Level Symposium on Maritime Security, in Nairobi, 2.3.2018. At the symposium, the SafeSeas policy report titled “Mastering Maritime Security. Reflexive Capacity Building and the Western Indian Ocean Experience” will be launched. The report provides a concise introduction into the problems of maritime security and presents a best practice toolkit for maritime security governance and external capacity building assistance.


Lecture at Military Academy of South Africa

On January 31st, I gave a lecture to the staff and students of the Military Academy of South Africa. Drawing on the core insights from SAFESEAS, in particular, the current draft of the best practice toolkit and the recent article in International Affairs, I contextualized maritime security and spoke about the dedicated challenges of it. I addressed the experiences with maritime security strategies, inter-agency challenges as well as the promises and perils of information sharing and maritime domain awareness.


Visiting Fellow at SIGLA

From the end of December 2017 until February 2018, I will be an in resident visiting fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA). SIGLA is a research institute of Stellenbosch University located with the Faculty of Military Science, Saldanha, South Africa.  I have been a research fellow with SIGLA since the beginning of 2017 to contribute to its ongoing work on maritime security and governance.

During my residential period in Saldanha, I will focus on finalizing the research outputs of the British Academy funded research project SafeSeas and work on my manuscript on international maritime security practices.