The Challenges of Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea
- 4 June 2013
The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), in cooperation with the Yemen International Affairs Center (YIAC), organized an international symposium entitled: ‘The Challenges of Piracy in the Gulf and the Arabian Sea’ at 10am on Tuesday, 4 June 2013, at the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall in the ECSSR office complex, Abu Dhabi.
His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR delivered the Welcoming Remarks, along with His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Ahmed Salem Al-Wahishi, Director of Yemen International Affairs Center (YIAC), Republic of Yemen.
Distinguished officials and experts from around the world enlightened the participants at the symposium, which was divided into three panels.
Panel I of the Symposium was entitled ‘Political, Economic and Social Background of Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.’ His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Ahmed Salem Al-Wahishi was the Panel Chair. At the beginning of this Panel, a speech was delivered on behalf of His Excellency Ambassador James A. Larocco, Director of Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), United States of America. The speech shed light on ‘The Background and Scale of Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.’ Thereafter, Dr. Martin N. Murphy, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States enlightened the participants on ‘Global Initiative Options for International Navigation Security in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.’
Panel II of the Symposium covered the important subject of ‘International Law and Piracy.’ the Director of Conference Department of the ECSSR, was the Panel Chair. His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Ahmed Salem Al-Wahishi delved into a crucial aspect of the subject: ‘A Legal Approach to Piracy in the Gulf of Aden.’ The second presentation for the panel was made by Dr. Robin Warner, Associate Professor at the Australian National Center for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, Australia entitled: 'The Prosecution of Pirates in National Courts.'
The symposium concluded with the presentations of Panel III, which shed light on the topic: ‘Piracy Security Risks at the Middle Eastern and Global Levels.’ Dr. Albadr Al-Shateri, Researcher at General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces, was the Panel Chair. Colonel Mahmoud Al-Zarooni, The Naval Forces, United Arab Emirates and Dr. Mohammed Gamil Mohammed, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Aden, Republic of Yemen underscored ‘The Necessity of Formulating an Arab Approach toward Challenges over Maritime Navigation.’ Subsequently, Dr. Vijay Sakhuja, Director (Research) Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Republic of India shed light on the topic: ‘The Indian Ocean Forum: An Important Framework for the Security of Maritime Navigation.’
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR)
Tuesday 4 June 2013