Applying Cooperation and Institutional Theory to Maritime Development Agreements

GMA 400 - Senior Seminar Research

The development of the maritime sector is instrumental in the overall development of states. In order to achieve this development states enter into a variety of maritime development agreements. Cooperation and institutional theory is applied to better understand these agreements and what makes them mutually beneficial. Conditional indicators based on these theories are chosen including clarity, reciprocity, goodwill, and interdependence. These conditional indicators are applied to three development agreements in the maritime sector including the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Guinea-Bissau, The Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, and the port development agreement between China and Sri Lanka and the Port of Hambantota. Upon analysis, recommendations are be made in an attempt to create more successful and mutually beneficial development agreements in future. Amongst these recommendations is that states should prioritize clarity, reciprocate both cooperation and defection, act in a manner of goodwill towards their partners, and create structures of complex interdependence amongst all parties.