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. OEF Research Associate Alex Amling and Stable Seas’ Project Manager Asyura Salleh will present the report to senior military and civilian officials from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and elsewhere. The meeting is being hosted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. The report is a collaboration with MIMA, the Maritime Institute of Malaysia.
In addition to introducing the report to regional decision-makers, the release hopes to broaden the understanding of maritime security beyond the hard security issues of naval power and sovereignty at sea. The report aims to generate conversations about greater regional coordination around maritime security threats, and identify opportunities to engage other civilian agencies and ministries, including those focused on fisheries, environmental protection, trade, and oil and gas production.