Third International Conference on Strategic Theory
MARITIME SECURITY OFF THE AFRICAN EAST COAST: MOVING BEYOND PIRACY
Revisiting maritime security along the east coast of Africa is a matter currently eclipsed by the anti-piracy debate. The African eastern littoral comprises more than events off the Horn of Africa and it is prudent to cast the maritime debate wider than Somali piracy. Contemporary literature, conference themes, statements and motivations that inform audiences on Africa’s maritime threats pivots upon the anti-piracy theme to foster cooperation, exchange of information, and collaboration. When actors and decision-makers thus contemplate maritime security, the piracy theme has become a fixture, but one that neglects wider matters of maritime security.
|Photo courtesy of http://www.marsecreview.com/2012/08/zero-attacks/
Maritime Security Review, Zero attacks, dd 13 August 2012.
The proposed conference aims to address a different question set as a way to reach out to delegates by means of an established academic framework on good order at sea. African leaders increasingly realize the importance of a safe and secure maritime landscape and thus the imperative to introduce order at sea alongside the piracy focus. African actors along the eastern seaboard are also acutely aware of how to respond to piracy, but perhaps less attentive to or aware of the importance and their own contributions to the wider ambit of good order at sea. The constituent elements of good order in themselves are subthemes for analysis and jointly form the thematic outline for the planned conference and workshop. A revisit of jurisdiction at sea, boundary settlements, safe exploitation of marine resources, safety of maritime traffic and the sea as an environment and source of information is now required. The conference and workshop thus turns the attention to the broader ambit of order at sea off eastern Africa to highlight the African interest and contributions as opposed to the lesser African profile in current anti-piracy measures.
Who should attend? Decision-makers in the maritime, political, military and business realms ; security practitioners, academics and researchers.
Organisers: Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University and the Royal Danish Defence College
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dates: 18-20 September 2013
Venue: White Sands Hotel Resort
Directions from the Airport
Professor Thomas Mandrup
Royal Danish Defence College
Tel:+45 39151515 Fax: +45 39296172
Professor Francois Vreÿ
Faculty of Military Science
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Tel: +27 227023106 Fax: +27 227023050