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Mastering Maritime Security: Reflexive Capacity Building and the Western Indian Ocean Experience

Professor Christian Bueger; Professor Timothy Edmunds

Dr Rupert Alcock; Dr Robert McCabe

This report presents a best practice toolkit for policy makers and practitioners involved in maritime security. It also provides an essential guide for the planning, programming and implementation of capacity building for maritime security. Drawing on the Western Indian Ocean experience, it demonstrates what reflexive capacity building means in practice and how it can lead to better, more efficient and more effective maritime governance structures and reform projects.

The report is the outcome of the research project 'SafeSeas: A Study of Maritime Security Capacity Building in the Western Indian Ocean', an 18-month project co-led by the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University and the Global Insecurities Centre at the University of Bristol. 

SafeSeas received funding from the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme [GF16007]. The programme is part of the UK's Global Challenges Research Fund initiative to strengthen development through research. SafeSeas is registered with the UN Division of Sustainable Development as a voluntary commitment to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 [OceanAction14234]. Additional support was provided by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme 'Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing EU Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace (EU-CIVCAP)' [Award no. 653227].
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