maritime security somali waters
OEF's Stable Seas Report Shows Maritime Security About More than Piracy

In a new report, our programs OEF Research, Oceans Beyond Piracy, and Secure Fisheries show how illicit activies in the Somali region reinforce each other and add to instability at sea and on shore.

Gender, Sustainability, and livelihoods through piangua
In Punta Bonita, Piangua is Life

Livelihoods in Punta Bonita, Colombia are closely tied to collecting the mollusk known as piangua. Women, who make up a majority of the piangua fishers, tend to be overlooked and underpaid, and meanwhile, piangua are becoming harder to find.

Social Media in Peace and Security Operations

After participating in online brainstorming for NATO’s Innovation Hub, OEF's Our Secure Future program began to think more deeply about the utility of social media in peace and security operations.

One Earth Future 2016 Annual Report
OEF Releases 2016 Annual Report

OEF's latest Annual Report looks back on the accomplishments of its various programs in 2016 and looks ahead to what it hopes to achieve in the coming year.

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MT IRIS 13 Hijacking Incident
UPDATE: HOSTAGES RELEASED After Somali Pirates Hijack First Merchant Vessel in Five Years

OEF's Oceans Beyond Piracy program reports that while this incident does not indicate a large-scale return of Somali piracy, vessels should follow best management practices when traveling in the region.

Fisheries and conflict
How Fishing Can Start and Stop Conflict

Understanding the links between fisheries and violent armed conflict is becoming increasingly important.

The Impact of Gender Blindness on Peacekeeping

The latest blog from OEF's Our Secure Future program details how gender blindness can negatively impact the work of a peacekeeping mission. It has implications for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, protection of civilians, and integrating women in peacekeeping missions. 

Research on Refugees and U.S. National Security
OEF Research Provides Fact Sheet on Refugees and U.S. National Security

This fact sheet gives an overview of the U.S. refugee admittance process and the current research on the threat posed to U.S. national security by refugees.