Maritime security and the maritime dimension of transnational organised crime features highly on the policy agenda of Indonesia. In 2014 Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, presented the five pillars of his Maritime Axis Doctrine which aims to:

    • Rebuild Indonesia’s maritime culture
    • Maintain and manage maritime resources 
    • Develop maritime infrastructure 
    • Eliminate illegal fishing and piracy as a source of conflict 
    • Develop the responsibility to maintain the safety of shipping and maritime security 

    In the same year, the Indonesian Government initiated a maritime security policy that designated the newly formed Bakamla (Badan Keamanan Laut, Maritime Security Agency) as the ‘guardian’ of Indonesia’s maritime security. More recently, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu) published a report on combating Transnational Crimes in which it identifies illegal and unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as a “new and emerging transnational crime” and announced an intensification of “enforcement and supervision of IUU fishing and other damaging activities in the sea” (KEMLU 2016).

    These concerns lead the Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) of Coventry University, UK, Oxford Brookes Business School, UK and  International Organisation for Migration Indonesia (IOM) to respond to The Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) call on transnational organised crime. 

  • Juliette

    I am really excited to be part of this ESRC funded and interdisciplinary research project on the Maritime Dimension of Transnational Organised Crime. It brings me back to Indonesia, a country I have been doing research in since the 1990s. Working hands on with law enforcement agencies as well as with coastal / fishing community leaders is very rewarding and puts research right where it needs to be, in the hands of the people concerned.

     Prof Juliette Koning