The Forgotten Key to Maritime Security in the Sulu-Celebes Seas

Sulu Celebes Sea Coastal Welfare
Children traverse raised walkways in a village in coastal Sabah, Malaysia. Photo: Sung Ming Whang.

What is the relationship between the development of coastal communities and maritime security? Stable Seas’ recent piece in The Diplomat explores how economic exclusion and inequality of government service provision along the shores of the Sulu & Celebes Seas create a fertile recruiting ground for armed groups and transnational criminal networks operating at sea. Continued efforts to improve welfare and economic development in these coastal communities will be a critical component of a comprehensive strategy for addressing persistent maritime insecurity in the region. Read the full article here.