Violent non-state actors (VNSAs) such as terrorist and insurgent groups are increasingly turning to the seas to facilitate their campaigns of violence. What opportunities do these groups seek to exploit, for what purposes do they take to the sea, and what are the implications for the Philippines' efforts to combat terrorism and insurgency?
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By further improving the capabilities, capacity, and interoperability of its coast guard, Bangladesh can take a proactive stance towards identifying and interdicting drug trafficking in the maritime domain.
Mozambican security forces have established a maritime civilian no-go zone as part of a counteroffensive against Ansar al-Sunna. While it is encouraging to see proactive actions to disrupt insurgency at sea being taken, Stable Seas has concerns about these tactics' potential impacts on coastal civilians.
Although Colombia has traditionally not been thought of as a maritime nation, its sustained engagement in the Caribbean and beyond demonstrate its value add not only as an individual contributor, but also as a multinational integrator of maritime security.
In the lead up to RECAAP's fifteenth anniversary, this guest commentary examines how the multilateral efforts to eradicate piracy in Southeast Asia have also contributed to the emergence of a wide maritime security community and become a model for maritime governance.
Opitmal implementation of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct requires major tactical adjustments on the part of the signatory states. Gabon is a prime example of a country doing just that.
While international partners have provided support to improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, more effort is needed to ensure that collaborative relationships are at the core of international engagement with the region.
In a guest reaction blog to the recent Stable Seas brief, Policy Beyond Counter-Piracy, Hüseyin Yücel explores how efforts to fight blue crime are based on state sovereignty and capacities.
Since April 2020, Ansar al-Sunna has undertaken an island-hopping campaign in northern Mozambique. What strategic advantages do these tactics offer?
Economic profit is often the motivating factor when shipping companies knowingly get involved in smuggling arms—not necessarily political ambition. Shipping companies traffic weapons for criminal or terrorist groups or ship arms to embargoed or banned destinations. One such embargoed destination is Libya.