Christian Bueger

SafeSeas: New project funded by British Academy will study maritime security capacity building

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My new research project titled SafeSeas has received funding for the next 18 months by the British Academy. SafeSeas is a pilot project that studies lessons from maritime security capacity building in the Horn of Africa. The project compares the ongoing efforts to restructure the maritime security sector in four countries (Djibouti, Kenya, Seychelles, and Somalia). The objective is to develop key guidelines and best practices for the programming and implementation of maritime security capacity building and maritime security sector reform. Although maritime capacity building has been done in limited forms for decades by international navies and the International Maritime Organization, it is generally considered as a new field of international activity. The project has four aims:

  • to increase our understanding of challenges and effects of MSSR
  • to transfer lessons from other fields of capacity building to the maritime
  • to develop a methodology for mapping national maritime security sectors
  • to identify best practices, gaps and shortcomings in the delivery of capacity building
SafeSeas is funded by the British Academy and part of the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund initiative to strengthen development through research. I will run the project in collaboration with Professor Tim Edmunds of the University of Bristol.