Maritime Piracy threat in the region - Trends and Actions

Committee Meeting
Aerospace & Defence, Maritime
Date and Time: 
03 Mar 2017
08:30 to 10:00
AON, 2 Shenton Way, #26-01 SGX Centre 1, Singapore 068804
Registration Dates: 
08 Feb 2017
02 Mar 2017

Please note that this event is fully booked.

Phoenix or Hydra? Like these creatures of Greek mythology, pirates never die. But, much worse, decapitate a gang somewhere; new ones will emerge somewhere else.


This is particularly true in Southeast Asia since the 1990s. After a recent peak of piracy and armed robbery against ships off Singapore in 2014-2015, the phenomenon is now moving into the Sulu Sea. This shift evokes questions on the sociological and maybe ethnic backgrounds of these criminals: are there any similarities or commonalities between the attacks in the Malacca and the Makassar Straits? Is it just one more break before a new comeback off the Riau Islands? After the Sulu Sea, should one anticipate a next rarely known or underestimated hotspot in the region, e.g. off Sumatra-East?


The answer will be closely linked not only to the roots of the threat but also to the reaction of the national law enforcement agencies at sea. Besides their level of readiness and their equipment, it is time to focus on the law enforcement models or organisations at sea. Because of the multifaceted character of the state or criminal actors at sea, law enforcement agencies have now to be more flexible. The idea will be to highlight not only the various initiatives – i.e. coordinating board (like in Indonesia), rival bodies (like in Malaysia), separated but cooperative agencies (like in Singapore), foreign aid and influence (Philippines) – but also the national factors: the so-called ‘maritime cultures’, legal systems, political agenda, corruption, etc. More generally, this issue touches upon the new roles of police and armed forces in Southeast Asia, as policemen are increasingly involved in the defence of the sovereignty, while soldiers track not only foreign navies but also pirates and smugglers. These security trends, along a wide continuum from peace to war, symbolize the new paradigm of the post-Cold War International Relations.


Will polices, coast-guards and navies be able to work together to counter piracy and armed robbery against ships?

Lastly, the presentation will mainly focus on Indonesia, because of the presidential project: namely the “Global Maritime Fulcrum”.


Completing this presentation, Mr Julian Taylor,Broking Strategist and Head of Crises Management ASIA from AON will give an update on Piracy risk is SEA including Abu Sayyaf Group’s New Kidnapping Tactics.

About the Speakers:

  • Eric Frécon, Ass. Professor at the French Naval Academy

Eric Frécon is Assistant Professor at the French Naval Academy. He is also Coordinator of the Observatory on Southeast Asia within the Asia Centre, in Paris, and a member of the EU Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP).

In 2011-2012, he was deputy chief editor of the bimonthly policy and international politics magazine Diplomatie. Previously, he served as a post-doctoral fellow within Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) de Lyon and as a research fellow within the Indonesia Programme of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), where he stayed for three years.

His research interests include, Indonesia, Singapore, terrorism in Southeast Asia and piracy and armed robbery against ships in Southeast Asia. He has conducted fieldwork in the Riau Archipelago (including the Natuna Island), in Sumatra-East, and in Bangka-Belitung, where he directly interacted with pirates.

He completed his Ph.D. in political science at Sciences Po (Paris) in 2007. He holds a Master’s Degree from Sorbonne University (Paris). His last book is entitled Chez les pirates d’Indonésie [Among the Indonesian Pirates], Paris, Fayard, 2011, 384 pages. And his last book chapter is entitled: “Pirates and Law Enforcement Agencies: Complex Relations across the Malacca Straits”, in Francis E Hutchinson, Terence Chong (ed.), The SIJORI Cross-Border Region: Transnational Politics, Economics, and Culture, Singapore, ISEAS, 2016.


  • Julian Taylor, Broking Strategist and Head of Crisis Management ASIA at AON

Julian has recently been appointed Broking Strategist within the newly formed Specialty Broking area of Aon Asia, alongside his existing responsibilities as Head of Crisis Management.


His responsibilities as Head of Crisis Management include developing and leading the placement of Political Violence / Terrorism, Political Risk, Kidnap and Ransom / Marine Piracy, Product Recall / Contamination and Crisis Consulting within Asia. Julian became one of the world’s leading brokers within his class, having handled Terrorism risk since 1993, initially in the UK and then, subsequent to the tragic events of 9/11, across the Globe.  He has worked closely with many of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, been the architect of what are now widely accepted as market standard wordings as well as pioneering this specialist class into emerging markets.




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