Ocean Security

Environmental Security

Ocean Security

In 2010, governments around the world agreed to protect 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020. Today, only three percent are designated as marine protected areas (MPAs), and a robust enforcement regime is largely missing. While oceans are recognized for their importance to conservationists, they are also important to global security. In our research and analysis on the oceans, Stimson has identified several intersections of marine protection and enforcement and peace and stability, including: the connections between illegal fishing and transnational organized crime; the entry of fishermen into illicit markets; geopolitical conflict over fishing rights; and the use by governments of military assets to combat illegal fishing. Through a partnership with National Geographic, Stimson launched Secure Oceans, a platform that helps countries, multilateral organizations, and NGOs around the world find the right technology to protect their marine protected areas.


Research and Analysis

February 26, 2018 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Sally Yozell

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.

February 5, 2018 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Sally Yozell

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.

February 1, 2018 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Sally Yozell

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.

January 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Sally Yozell

In September 2017, the Stimson Center, the U.S. National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO), National Geographic, and the Waitt Foundation hosted a meeting of 100 experts on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Attendees represented entities across the U.S.

April 12, 2017 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Emma Myers

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, not least of which is North Korea.
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