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Public seminar

Countering piracy: lessons for multinational military cooperation

Speaker: Associate Professor Sarah Percy
Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016
Time: 6-7pm (followed by a light reception)
Venue: Canberry-Springbank rooms, Level 1, Crawford Building #132, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU



Sarah PercyCounter-piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a significant success for international naval cooperation. Since 2013, there have been no pirate attacks in the region. The success of counter-piracy, however, is surprising. Multinational military cooperation is known to be difficult, and counter-piracy involves navies who are allies, but also navies who are strategic competitors in other contexts (such as the US, Australia, China, Japan and Russia). How have these navies been able to cooperate, and what lessons can we draw from this successful cooperation? Could the techniques that have been used in counter-piracy be adapted to other maritime security situations, including disaster response, illegal fishing and smuggling? Could the inventive ideas that allowed naval cooperation to flourish in this area be adapted to help reduce tensions in other parts of the maritime space, including the South China Sea?

Sarah Percy is Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Queensland, where she is Deputy Director of the Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs, and also affiliated with the TC Beirne School of Law. She was recently appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the National Security College. Her research on mercenaries, private security companies, piracy, and maritime security has been widely published, including in International Organization and Survival. Associate Professor Percy has been invited to present to many policy groups, including the UNHCHR (in New York and Geneva) and at the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power Conference. Sarah’s research on piracy was featured in the production notes of the film Captain Phillips.



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