Seaborne Energy Flows and Maritime security in Southeast Asia

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Presenter:  Euan Graham, Senior Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Date: Nov 21, 2014

Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm

Contact person:  LEBA Research

Location:  Lecture Theatre Blue 5.1.01 Casuarina Campus

Target audience:  <p>CDU Staff</p>

Seaborne Energy Flows and Maritime security in Southeast Asia


Euan Graham, Senior Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

(S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Maritime Security Programme)

11:00am – 12:30pm, Friday 21st November 2014

Lecture Theatre Blue 5.1.01 Casuarina Campus.


This seminar explores the spectrum of maritime security challenges affecting seaborne flows of energy commodities through Southeast Asia. First, I will frame the context in terms of regional energy demand and profile the major regional “chokepoints” for the seaborne energy transportation. My analysis will then focus at three levels, highlighting: i) maritime safety issues, concentrating on the Malacca Strait; ii) non-state actor threats posed by piracy and maritime terrorism; and iii) inter-state legal frameworks regulating navigation through straits under the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Finally, I will consider the potential risks posed by inter-state tensions and conflict in the South China Sea. This topic is directly relevant to Australia’s economy and security, as a major energy exporter critically reliant on the security of sea lanes and freedom of navigation in the region. Students will also gain a broad appreciation of evolving trends in maritime security as they relate to Southeast Asia, including the importance of UNCLOS.


Euan Graham joined the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (NTU, Singapore) in February 2011, where he is a Senior Fellow in the Maritime Security Programme and Coordinator of the Norway-Asia Security Project. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute. He is a long-time observer of East Asian security, having worked for a private sector consultancy and for the British Government. He is also a regular commentator on Korean Peninsula security issues. From 2004-10, Dr Graham was Senior Research Officer for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), where he served as the lead analyst for the Korean Peninsula and Japan, before heading the Southeast Asia and Pacific Research Group. He served briefly as Chargé d’Affaires at the British Embassy in Pyongyang and acting Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Manila. Before joining the FCO, Dr Graham was Asia Editor/Analyst at the risk consultancy Oxford Analytica from 2000-03. He obtained a PhD in strategic studies from the Australian National University, where he was also actively involved in regional security dialogue as Executive Officer for the Australian member committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific. His book, Japan’s Sea Lane Security 1940-2004: A Matter of Life and Death? (London: Routledge, 2006), was the first comprehensive English-language analysis on this subject.