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Capacity Building for Maritime Security

The Western Indian Ocean Experience

  • Christian Bueger
  • Timothy Edmunds
  • Robert McCabe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christian Bueger, Timothy Edmunds, Robert McCabe
      Pages 3-20
    3. Christian Bueger, Simone Tholens
      Pages 21-45
  3. Internally Driven Capacity Building

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Francois Vreÿ, Michelle Nel, Henri Fouché, Mark Blaine
      Pages 97-127
  4. Building Capacity with External Assistance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Harriet Njoki Mboce, Robert McCabe
      Pages 163-198
    3. Alvine Marie, Christian Bueger
      Pages 199-222
    4. Mowlid Aden, Robert McCabe
      Pages 223-248
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Christian Bueger, Timothy Edmunds, Robert McCabe
      Pages 283-299
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 301-307

About this book


This book studies recent attempts to restructure maritime security sectors through capacity building. It innovates both theoretically and empirically. It proposes a new framework for understanding maritime capacity building, drawing on work in peacebuilding and security sector reform. The framework is then applied across empirical case studies from the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region written by scholars from the Global South. The WIO region is a paradigmatic case to study maritime security and capacity building in action. Countries in the region face the full gamut of maritime security challenges, while their indigenous capacities to deal with these are often weak. In consequence, the region functions as an engine of innovation for maritime capacity building more widely. The lessons and best practices from the region have importance consequences for addressing maritime security across the globe.


Maritime Security Capacity Building Global South Western Indian Ocean Innovation Peacebuilding Statebuilding

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Bueger
    • 1
  • Timothy Edmunds
    • 2
  • Robert McCabe
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.School of Sociology, Politics and International StudiesUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  3. 3.Centre for Trust, Peace and Social RelationsCoventry UniversityCoventryUK

About the editors

Christian Bueger is Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.  

Timothy Edmunds is Professor of International Security and Director of the Global Insecurities Center at the University of Bristol, UK. 

Robert McCabe is Assistant Professor at the Center for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK.

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