Into the Sea: Capacity Building Innovations and the Maritime Security Challenge

Christian Bueger, Timothy Edmunds, Robert McCabe

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Maritime security capacity-building is a growing field of international activity. It is an area that requires further study, as a field in its own right, but also as an archetype to develop insights for capacity-building and security sector reform in other arenas. This article is one of the first to analyse this field of activity. Our empirical focus is on the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region. Here, international actors have launched multiple capacity-building projects, initially in response to Somali piracy. We document the significance, extent and variety of capacity-building activities in this region and examine the ways in which capacity-building at sea has incorporated innovative characteristics that develop and expand the capacity-building agenda as traditionally understood. Our conclusion highlights the need to pay more attention to the maritime domain in international security and development studies and considers ways in which the maritime capacity-building experience may offer important lessons for other fields of international policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-246
Number of pages19
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number2
Early online date16 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


  • Maritime security
  • Western Indian Ocean
  • capacity-building
  • international interventions
  • security sector reform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development

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