Sustainability as Maritime Security: A Small Island Developing State Perspective?

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    Abstract

    The paper begins the process of outlining the way in which maritime security challenges are publicly articulated by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in order to better understand the backdrop against which security policy and practice emerge. To do this the paper discusses the results of an initial content analysis of UN SIDS conference documents framed by the central research question, ‘In the SIDS’ public conceptualisation of sustainable development, how are maritime security threats articulated?’ The paper argues that for SIDS their conceptualisation of maritime security is inextricably wrapped up in concerns about sustainable development, with concern about challenges such as illegal fishing being pinpointed as threats to food security. The paper calls for more research on the extent to which SIDS’ conceptualisation of maritime security differs regionally; highlights a vulnerability straitjacket SIDS may find themselves wearing; and suggests that SIDS consider the development of holistic Sustainable Blue Growth strategies to bring multiple stakeholders together to enhance human wellbeing. To conclude, the paper argues that ultimately efforts to pursue enhanced maritime security by SIDS will be determined by how they chart a path between emphasising their own vulnerability and the opportunities associated with their maritime domain.

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    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Malcolm, J 2017, 'Sustainability as Maritime Security: A Small Island Developing State Perspective?' Global Policy, vol (in press), pp. (in press), which will be published in final form at http://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/ This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-245
    Number of pages9
    JournalGlobal Policy
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2017

    Bibliographical note

    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Malcolm, J. (2017) Sustainability as Maritime Security: A Small Island Developing State Perspective? Global Policy (8) 2, 237-245, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1758-5899.12446. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

    Keywords

    • Maritime Security
    • Sustainable Development
    • Small Island Developing States
    • Climate Change

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