The workshop offered Stable Seas immense opportunities to broaden our network to include regional experts whose insights eventually contributed to the publication of the Sulu-Celebes maritime security report.
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During the seminar, Stable Seas addressed challenges and opportunities in the Sulu and Celebes seas, which generated a discussion on perspectives to maritime security and cultivated interest in upcoming research products.
The workshop discussed efforts to improve maritime security. Policy efforts must be attentive to socio-economic development in the poor coastal areas of the Philippines along the Sulu and Celebes seas, according to participants of the workshop.
Stable Seas was invited to both chair and present on the “Regional Threat Assessment” panel, which set the scene for continued conversation on maritime security challenges in the wider West and Central Africa region.
Maritime insecurity in the Sulu and Celebes Seas is a persistent challenge. Stable Seas contributed an article to The Diplomat to explore how political and economic exclusion, coastal welfare, and the development of the blue economy impacts sustainable maritime security.
The Forum was critical in broadening Stable Seas regional network and helped to spread awareness of the valuable products that Stable Seas could offer.
OEF’s Stable Seas program will release its newest report on the Sulu and Celebes Seas on February 19th in Manila, Philippines at a meeting of the Contact Group on Maritime Crime in the Sulu and Celebes Seas.