Small Islands

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Island States 

 Our work here is focused on shedding further light on the maritime security considerations of Island States, particularly Small Island Developing States (SIDS). We seek to better understand those activities undertaken to reduce the propensity for Island States to be transit nodes in illicit trafficking and smuggling through an examination of capacity-building efforts. Many Island States are in significant geo-strategic positions with regards to global illicit trafficking and smuggling activities, finding themselves as transit nodes in the movement of both people and goods. This position has real, negative consequences for these states, challenging broader development efforts by undermining economic growth and creating political and social instability.