loannis Chapsos

Dr. Ioannis Chapsos is the Course Director of CTPSR’s MA in Maritime Security and a researcher who seeks to better understand the interrelation and interconnection between conceptual approaches to maritime security, the challenges and threats in the maritime domain and look at ways in which Maritime Security can be enhanced through a specific focus on governance and capacity-building. 

He was the first to introduce Maritime Security at Coventry University, and consequently an online Master of Arts course in Maritime Security was launched in January 2013, from a human security and development approach and perspective. His aim is to develop Maritime Security as a niche research thematic area within CTPSR and to explore relevant research opportunities at international level.

His current research is focused on the maritime security comprehensive approach and he is particularly interested in sustainable policies, efficient strategies and responses to challenges and threats in this environment. His research interests also encompass the global trend of privatisation of maritime security and the potential implications in international security.

Ioannis is a Captain (ret) of the Hellenic Navy, former lecturer on international security & strategy at the Hellenic Supreme Joint War College / Security & Strategy Department. In his Naval career, he counted more than 16 years of sea-going service, most of it on board fast patrol boats.

  • Chapsos, I. (2016) 'Is Maritime Security a Traditional Security Challenge?' in Anthony J. Masys (Ed). Exploring the Security Landscape: Non-Traditional Security Challenges. Springer International Publishing Switzerland
  • Chapsos, I., and Kitchen, C. (eds.) (2015) Strengthening Maritime Security through CooperationNATO Science for Peace and Security Series, Human and Societal Dynamics. Vol. 122. Amsterdam: IOS Press, Dordrecht: Springer. 
  • Noortmann, M. & Chapsos, I. (2015) Private Military and Security Companies: A Transnational Legal Approach. In Anrnauld, Matz-Luck and Odendahl (eds) 100 Years of Peace Through Law: Past and Future. Berlin: Dunker & Humblot, pg. 257-275
  • Chapsos, I., and Holtom, P. (2015) ‘Stockpiles at Sea: Floating Armouries in the Indian Ocean’. in Small Arms Survey 2015: Weapons and the World. ed. by McDonald, G., LeBrun, E., Alvazzi del Frate, A., Berman, E.G., and Krause, K. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 216–41. 
  • Holtom, P., and Chapsos, I. (2014) ‘Floating armouries in the Indian Ocean and the risk of diversion involving private maritime security companies’. Written evidence published in Scrutiny of Arms Exports and Arms Control (2015): Scrutiny of the Government’s UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2013, the Government’s Quarterly Reports from October 2013 to June 2014, and the Government’s policies on arms exports and international arms control issues, Vol.III, Committee on Arms Exports Controls, UK Parliament. 
  • Chapsos, I. (2014) ‘Introducing the Privatisation of Maritime Security: Causal Factors, Implications and Trends’. NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center NMIOTC MIO Journal Fall 2014, (9), 10-13. 
  • Chapsos, I. (2015) ‘Floating Armouries’. 4th annual International Maritime Security Conference ‘Global Directions and Governance’. held 23-24 March 2015 at Merton College, Oxford. 
  • Chapsos, I. (2014) ‘The privatisation of maritime security: A shift to managing resources?’.  ‘Acquisition and its Theoretical Foundations’ Conference. held 28-29 October 2014 at UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham. 
  • Chapsos, I. (2014) ‘Transformation of Security Provision: The Neo-Liberal Approach to Maritime Security and the Privatisation Model’. the Fourth Global International Studies Conference / World International Studies Committee (WISC). held 6-9 August 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. 
  • Chapsos, I., Belt, D., and Samardžić, D. (2013) ‘Maritime Security Challenges in South-East Europe’. in Shaping South East Europe’s Security Community for the Twenty First Century: Trust, Partnership, Integration. ed. by Cross, S., Kentera, S., Vukadinovic, R., and Nation, R.C. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 134-150.
  • Building Partnerships for Indonesian Maritime Security: In April 2015, the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan/ KKP) convened an International Organisation for Migration (IOM)-supported Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on Maritime Security Issues in Jakarta.  The  Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) along with Universitas Indonesia (UI) and Universitas Pertahanan Nasional/Indonesian Defence University (UNHAN) contributed in this FGD as co-conveners, aiming at providing the Indonesian Government with policy recommendations on key maritime security issues.

    Building on the FGD working groups’ recommendations and under the full support and partial funding from the IOM/ Indonesia, senior academics from CTPSR’s Armed Violence & Illicit Activities research group, convened a two-day workshop in Jakarta (Sep. 9-10) entitled ‘Building partnerships for Indonesian maritime security’, with a diverse range of high profile participants, including academics, governmental agencies, practitioners and think- tanks. One of the main objectives being to bring together as many Indonesian stakeholders as possible, focused on and involved with maritime security issues and establish a consortium which will collaborate in capacity building in the country.

    The main output from the workshop was a ‘Declaration of Intent’, countersigned by all the participants and in particular by IOM/Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesian Defence University, the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency(BAKAMLA), the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) and the Centre for Strategic & International Studies(CSIS). The participants declared that they will collaborate and act as a platform for academics, practitioners, policy makers, strategy planners, civil society and private sectors to interact and exchange views, ideas, needs, research findings and future research plans. This consortium will be meeting annually in Indonesia (or more frequently as necessary) and act as an interface between all stakeholders, to better understand governance, challenges to security in the maritime domain and identify, test and develop more effective and sustainable responses to those challenges hence make a positive contribution to the communities nationally and Internationally.
  • Building trust to enhance maritime security: Convened and delivered jointly with the ‘Small Arms Survey’ a two–day expert Advanced Research Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland (10 - 11 Nov. 2014). The workshop embraced high profile participants from prestigious institutions. Besides contributions from CTPSR and the Small Arms Survey, representatives from NATO and the EU external action service were also present, as were speakers from NMIOTC, NATO’s Defence College, U.S. Naval War College, Swedish National Defence College, Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, Cardiff University, University of Athens, University of Hamburg, ‘One Earth Future Foundation’ in USA, RAND Europe and Chatham House. The edited volume Chapsos I. and Kitchen C. (eds) (2015) Strengthening Maritime Security through Cooperation, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, Human and Societal Dynamics – Vol. 122, Amsterdam: IOS Press, Dordrecht: Springer, was published following the event, to disseminate the key findings. 
  • Focus Group Discussion in Maritime Security: Contributed as thematic expert in a ‘Multi-sectorial Focus Group Discussion (FGD) in Maritime Security’. The event was organised by the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and brought together all the stakeholders involved in combatting irregular migration by sea, illegal fishing and maritime crime. Co-convened with the University of Indonesia and the Indonesian Defence University; aiming at providing policy recommendations to the Indonesian Government on maritime security issues. 
  • Training of Trainers in Maritime Security: Capacity Building project, aiming to provide training to the Indonesian Marine Police in Maritime Security and the nexus with human security.
  • Illegal Migration Flows in the Mediterranean: Contributed as named researcher to the Observatory of the Black, Gulf and Mediterranean Seas (OBGMS) for a French MoD funded study. The project was launched in September 2014 with 7 month life-cycle.
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