Amanda Shaver

Former Research Associate (former)

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Amanda Shaver was a Research Associate with Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. Her primary research areas for the program included the geopolitical impacts and security threats of resource scarcity issues due to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and distant water fishing fleets. She received a Master of Arts in International Affairs with concentrations in security and development studies from The George Washington University. Her master’s thesis focused on the prioritization of water security in the construction of hydroelectric dams in Brazil. Shaver also holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Economics with magna cum laude honors from George Washington. Prior to joining Stimson, she interned for the Obama White House with Vice President Biden’s speech writing team where she helped research and craft remarks. Amanda also interned with the Department of State in Rome, Italy. 

 

Research & Writing

Report
A Qualitative Assessment of SIMP Implementation in Four Countries

Overview The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) commissioned the Stimson Center to assess the impact and effectiveness of the US Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) implementation in four seafood-producing countries: Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Indonesia…

Report
Shining a Light: The Need for Transparency across Distant Water Fishing

Commercial fishing is big business, with a complex global seafood supply chain and over 56 million people working on vessels to support it. In the past several decades distant water fishing (DWF) has expanded its size and reach across the ocean and aro…

Resource
Environmental Security News This Week

FEATURED NEWS EU lifts Taiwan’s IUU Fishing “Yellow Card,” Forms Joint Task Force On June 30th, the European Union lifted its “yellow card” warning on Taiwan, recognizing Taiwan’s three and a half years of reforms to combat IUU fishing. Taiwan and the…

Stimson in the News
Amanda Shaver Quoted on Indonesia’s Tuna Production

From Kyoto to Kansas City, it’s Indonesian tuna on the world’s sushi counters [by Meaghan Tobin] Read full article here. 

Stimson in the News
Amanda Shaver quoted in article about restoring Indonesia’s Fishers

Tough policing is restoring Indonesia’s fisheries Five years ago the world’s most populous archipelago nation started taking action against the decimation of its fish stocks. Indonesia’s waters were being plundered by vessels from nearby countries, par…

Stimson in the News
Amanda Shaver Quoted on Policing to Restore Indonesia’s Fisheries

Tough policing is restoring Indonesia’s fisheries [by Nithin Coca] Read full article here.

Impact
Encouraging Action to Tackle Ocean Security Threats

Bringing global leaders together to construct tangible actions and solutions to protect the world’s ocean.

Project Note
PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT: Climate Change, Resource Scarcity, and Security: Identifying Coastal Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience to Ocean Risk

Urban coastal centers are facing unprecedented social, economic and structural risks due to the impacts of climate change. The combination of people migrating from drought affected geographies to coastal cities already facing ocean driven damage to inf…

Commentary
US Must Help Curb Illegal Fishing, Terrorism, Piracy, Drug Sales

Illegal fishing. Yes, Fishing. This growing international problem is a key factor in geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea, piracy off the Horn of Africa, and the deadly narco-trade across Latin America. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)…

Interactive
Interactive Report: Casting A Wider Net

  The world’s fisheries are on the brink of collapse. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) estimates that nearly 90 percent are fully exploited or overexploited and depleted, while demand for seafood continues to inc…

Press Release
Department of Defense, U.S. National Security Community Caught off Guard by Growing Illegal Fishing Threat

For Immediate Release Contact: Jim Baird, [email protected]; 202.478.3413 The Department of Defense and U.S. national security community have not appropriately prioritized addressing the growing threat posed by illegal, unreported, unregulated (IU…

Project Note
U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Marine Environmental Issues

On September 14-15, 2017, The Stimson Center in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-chaired a U.S. State Department funded U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Marine Environmental Issues. The two-day conference, which…

Report
Casting a Wider Net: The Security Implications of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

The world’s fisheries are on the brink of collapse. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) estimates that nearly 90 percent are fully exploited or overexploited and depleted, while demand for seafood continues to increase….

Commentary
Natural Security Series: Holding China Accountable for Harming Oceans

Beijing’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) have released a comprehensive plan for maritime economic development and cooperation across the globe. The policy paper, entitled the Vision for…

Impact
Building Public-Private Partnerships to Thwart Poachers in Kenya

Creating a system to identify, deter, and combat wildlife crime

Commentary
Keeping Watch on China’s Maritime Strategy in North Korea

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time. While the two agree on the need to strengthen cooperation between the U.S. and China, there are several agenda items that are likely to become contentious,…

Stimson in the News
Amanda Shaver and Emma Myers’ Op-Ed in The Cipher Brief on China’s Maritime Strategy in North Korea

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time. While the two agree on the need to strengthen cooperation between the U.S. and China, there are several agenda items that are likely to become contentious,…

Commentary
Launching the Natural Security Forum

By Johan Bergenas, Emma Myers, and Amanda Shaver We are very proud to formally launch the Natural Security Forum. We want to make our version of the concept of natural security — the geostrategic security implications of environmental crime — a househo…

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