What are the main challenges for ocean governance, international law and maritime transport? What is the role of the maritime in addressing climate change and achieving sustainable development. These are some of the core questions addressed by the TRAMEREN conference held in Copenhagen from 17.-18.9. I am attending as an observer.
From the 12th to the 15th of September the European International Studies Association (EISA) held its annual meeting in Prague. At the conference I presented a series of work in progress, including thoughts on post-critical expertise and the relation of experimentation and problematisation, a new project on Making Maritime Security Strategy (MAMAS). I also attended a rountable on the English School and the recently published SAGE Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations.
This week the term starts at my new university. For the next 14 weeks I will be teaching two courses at masters level: 1) a core module introducing the discipline of International Relations and its core concepts and methods, and 2) a module titled Knowledge Production and Evaluation, which introduces students of the Security Risk Management programme to core ways of how to evaluate competing knowledge claims.
From the 27th to the 28th of August, the inaugural meeting of the Contact Group on Maritime Crime in the Sulu and Celebes see will be held 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. The meeting is organised by the UNODC’s Global Maritime Crime Programme regional office in Bangkok. I’ll be attending the meeting and also give a talk on the lessons from the Horn of Africa.
The 21st plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) will be held on the 12th and 13th of July in the UN facilities in Nairobi, Kenya. The CGPCS is the main governance body coordinating the fight against piracy in the area. I have been studying the body since 2011, and I will be attending the meeting as an observer. For further information see the CGPCS website.
A new blog post discusses the results of the May 2018 meeting in Jeddah on the implementation of the amendments to the Djibouti Code of Conduct. The Code is the major regional maritime security agreement in the Western Indian Ocean. The comment is co-authored with Timothy Walker and published with ISS Today, the news blog of the Institute for Security Studies.
Drawing on the insights gained during my recent visit to the Pacific, I have teamed up with Anthony Bergin to offer some ideas of how the Pacific region might want to initiate and organize their path to maritime domain awareness structure. Below is the blog post, which has been originally posted on The Strategist on May 8th.
Uniting nations: developing maritime domain awareness for the ‘Blue Pacific’
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 of the most valuable areas for cooperation in identifying and countering behaviour ranging from the trafficking of people, drugs, small arms and other illicit goods; illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; and other environmental crimes.
As well, the safety of ferries and inter-island shipping are key issues in a region dependent on maritime transport, so safety of navigation and effective search and rescue are essential. And protecting marine ecosystems and resources is vital to food security, human health and economic well-being.
This means it’s crucial to share information on marine incidents, oil spill responses, management and conservation of fisheries resources, marine pollution and coastal management. Continue reading
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.
From the 26th to the 30th of April I will be attending a Ministerial Conference on maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean, held in Mauritius. At the meeting, I am presenting some of the insights of the SafeSeas project and also attend the strategy meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.