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Oxford University hosts maritime experts from AFRICOM and Nigerian Navy
When Oxford University recently conducted a forum on maritime security, they called upon U.S. Africa Command to provide the experts to address the audience of more than 50 academics from across Oxford and goverment officials from the United
"Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea is a critical enabler for economic development in Africa. Multinational and Regional cooperation is essential for a secure maritime environment," said Phil Heyl (standing) Chief, Air and Maritime Programs (J589), U.S. Africa Command, as he addressed an audience of academics and members from the UK Ministry of Defence. Heyl was a featured participant in a panel discussion titled, "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives." The event, hosted by Oxford University, was coordinated by Dr. Julia Amos, a Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing with Oxford’s Department of International Development. Also pictured, Amalia Feld, a PhD candidate at Oxford, and Commodore Obi Medani, head of training for the Nigerian Navy who, along with Heyl, was a featured presenter. October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College.
4 photos: Oxford University hosts maritime experts from AFRICOM and Nigerian Navy
Photo 1 of 4: "Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea is a critical enabler for economic development in Africa. Multinational and Regional cooperation is essential for a secure maritime environment," said Phil Heyl (standing) Chief, Air and Maritime Programs (J589), U.S. Africa Command, as he addressed an audience of academics and members from the UK Ministry of Defence. Heyl was a featured participant in a panel discussion titled, "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives." The event, hosted by Oxford University, was coordinated by Dr. Julia Amos, a Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing with Oxford’s Department of International Development. Also pictured, Amalia Feld, a PhD candidate at Oxford, and Commodore Obi Medani, head of training for the Nigerian Navy who, along with Heyl, was a featured presenter. October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College. Download full-resolution version
Phil Heyl, Branch Chief for U.S. Africa Command's Air and Maritime Programs
(J589), left, and Commodore Obi Medani, director of training for the Nigerian Navy, shared their experiences and expertise with an audience of more than 50
academics, professors, students, and members from the UK Ministry of Defence  during a panel hosted at Oxford University’s Merton College. The event, titled "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives," was coordinated by Dr. Julia Amos, a Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing with  Oxford’s Department of International Development.  October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College.
4 photos: Oxford University hosts maritime experts from AFRICOM and Nigerian Navy
Photo 2 of 4: Phil Heyl, Branch Chief for U.S. Africa Command's Air and Maritime Programs (J589), left, and Commodore Obi Medani, director of training for the Nigerian Navy, shared their experiences and expertise with an audience of more than 50 academics, professors, students, and members from the UK Ministry of Defence during a panel hosted at Oxford University’s Merton College. The event, titled "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives," was coordinated by Dr. Julia Amos, a Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing with Oxford’s Department of International Development. October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College. Download full-resolution version
“For me, it was a very humbling experience to participate in the Merton College
lecture on fighting piracy and other transnational crimes in West Africa. As
a long established institution, Merton College is the appropriate place to market the Maritime Forces of West Africa to the wider world. The audience, the students and staff of the College were in every respect a very articulate one. I certainly look forward to participating in future programs." -Commodore Obi Medani, Director of Training, Nigerian Navy.  Commodore Medani was a featured participant in a panel discussion titled, "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives." The event, hosted by Oxford University, was coordinated by Dr. Julia Amos, a Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing with Oxford’s Department of International Development. October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College.
4 photos: Oxford University hosts maritime experts from AFRICOM and Nigerian Navy
Photo 3 of 4: “For me, it was a very humbling experience to participate in the Merton College lecture on fighting piracy and other transnational crimes in West Africa. As a long established institution, Merton College is the appropriate place to market the Maritime Forces of West Africa to the wider world. The audience, the students and staff of the College were in every respect a very articulate one. I certainly look forward to participating in future programs." -Commodore Obi Medani, Director of Training, Nigerian Navy. Commodore Medani was a featured participant in a panel discussion titled, "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives." The event, hosted by Oxford University, was coordinated by Dr. Julia Amos, a Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing with Oxford’s Department of International Development. October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College. Download full-resolution version
Left to right: Commodore Obi Medani, Director of Training, Nigerian Navy, Ms. Amalia Feld, PhD candidate, Oxford University’s Merton College, Dr. Julia Amos, event coordinator and Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing, Oxford University and Mr. Phil Heyl, Chief, Air and Maritime Programs (J589), US Africa Command, pose for a photo after a day of discussing maritime security issues.  Oxford University invited Heyl and Commodore Medani to participate in a panel discussion titled, "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives," presented to an audience of more than 50 academics, professors, students and members of the UK Ministry of Defence. October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College.
4 photos: Oxford University hosts maritime experts from AFRICOM and Nigerian Navy
Photo 4 of 4: Left to right: Commodore Obi Medani, Director of Training, Nigerian Navy, Ms. Amalia Feld, PhD candidate, Oxford University’s Merton College, Dr. Julia Amos, event coordinator and Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing, Oxford University and Mr. Phil Heyl, Chief, Air and Maritime Programs (J589), US Africa Command, pose for a photo after a day of discussing maritime security issues. Oxford University invited Heyl and Commodore Medani to participate in a panel discussion titled, "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives," presented to an audience of more than 50 academics, professors, students and members of the UK Ministry of Defence. October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College. Download full-resolution version
"Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea is a critical enabler for economic development in Africa. Multinational and Regional cooperation is essential for a secure maritime environment," said Phil Heyl (standing) Chief, Air and Maritime Programs (J589), U.S. Africa Command, as he addressed an audience of academics and members from the UK Ministry of Defence. Heyl was a featured participant in a panel discussion titled, "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives." The event, hosted by Oxford University, was coordinated by Dr. Julia Amos, a Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing with Oxford’s Department of International Development. Also pictured, Amalia Feld, a PhD candidate at Oxford, and Commodore Obi Medani, head of training for the Nigerian Navy who, along with Heyl, was a featured presenter. October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College.
Phil Heyl, Branch Chief for U.S. Africa Command's Air and Maritime Programs
(J589), left, and Commodore Obi Medani, director of training for the Nigerian Navy, shared their experiences and expertise with an audience of more than 50
academics, professors, students, and members from the UK Ministry of Defence  during a panel hosted at Oxford University’s Merton College. The event, titled "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives," was coordinated by Dr. Julia Amos, a Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing with  Oxford’s Department of International Development.  October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College.
“For me, it was a very humbling experience to participate in the Merton College
lecture on fighting piracy and other transnational crimes in West Africa. As
a long established institution, Merton College is the appropriate place to market the Maritime Forces of West Africa to the wider world. The audience, the students and staff of the College were in every respect a very articulate one. I certainly look forward to participating in future programs." -Commodore Obi Medani, Director of Training, Nigerian Navy.  Commodore Medani was a featured participant in a panel discussion titled, "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives." The event, hosted by Oxford University, was coordinated by Dr. Julia Amos, a Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing with Oxford’s Department of International Development. October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College.
Left to right: Commodore Obi Medani, Director of Training, Nigerian Navy, Ms. Amalia Feld, PhD candidate, Oxford University’s Merton College, Dr. Julia Amos, event coordinator and Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing, Oxford University and Mr. Phil Heyl, Chief, Air and Maritime Programs (J589), US Africa Command, pose for a photo after a day of discussing maritime security issues.  Oxford University invited Heyl and Commodore Medani to participate in a panel discussion titled, "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives," presented to an audience of more than 50 academics, professors, students and members of the UK Ministry of Defence. October 29, 2013, Oxford, England; photo courtesy of Merton College.

When Oxford University recently conducted a forum on maritime security, they called upon U.S. Africa Command to provide the experts to address the audience of more than 50 academics from across Oxford and government officials from the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence.  Phil Heyl, Chief for U.S. Africa Command's Air and Maritime Programs (J589), who had been invited by Oxford to participate in the previous year's forum, agreed to do it again this year and asked Oxford to invite Commodore Obi Medani, director of training for the Nigerian Navy. Together, Heyl and the Commodore made up the team Oxford invited to share first-hand knowledge and expertise in an event titled, "Fighting Piracy and other Transnational Threats in West Africa: US and Nigerian perspectives." 

The event, conducted October 29 at Oxford University's Merton College, was coordinated by Dr. Julia Amos, with Oxford's Department of International Development. Dr. Amos is a research fellow in global wellbeing who has been teaching at Oxford University colleges at the graduate and undergraduate levels since 2007.    

Of his opportunity to be a presenter at Oxford, Commodore Medani said, “For me, it was a very humbling experience to participate in the Merton College lecture on fighting piracy and other transnational crimes in West Africa. As a long established institution, Merton College is the appropriate place to market the Maritime Forces of West Africa to the wider world. The audience, the students and staff of the College were in every respect a very articulate one. I certainly look forward to participating in future programs."

"Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea is a critical enabler for economic development in Africa. Multinational and Regional cooperation is essential for a secure maritime environment," stated Heyl, who described the forum as a great opportunity to team with Commodore Medani to present the African perspective on maritime security challenges.

 

 

 

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