A Brief Guide To Africa's Maritime Security

108 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2023

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Brigid Gesami

Institute of Regional Integration & Development; University of Marburg

Date Written: January 6, 2023


Maritime security in Africa is a critical issue with significant economic, political, and social implications for the continent. Africa's coasts and offshore resources, including oil and gas reserves, fishing stocks, and trade routes, are vital to the stability and prosperity of African nations. Ensuring the security of these resources is essential for the development of the region and for addressing a range of global challenges, including food security, energy security, and climate change. However, Africa's coasts and waters are also vulnerable to a range of security threats, including piracy, illegal fishing, smuggling, and human trafficking. These activities can undermine the stability of the region and have negative impacts on the environment, the economy, and the well-being of local communities. Given the importance of maritime security in Africa, it is essential for scholars to understand the challenges and opportunities related to this issue. This includes understanding the root causes of insecurity in the region, such as poverty, conflict, and governance failures, as well as the role of international actors in shaping the security landscape. It also includes examining the various approaches that have been taken to address maritime security challenges in Africa, such as regional cooperation, capacity building, and the deployment of naval assets. By learning about maritime security in Africa, scholars can contribute to the development of effective and sustainable solutions to the security challenges facing the continent. This knowledge is not only of academic value, but it can also inform policy decisions and shape the future of Africa's coastal and offshore resources.

Keywords: Maritime Security, Africa, Security, Blue Economy

Suggested Citation

Gesami, Brigid, A Brief Guide To Africa's Maritime Security (January 6, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4319050 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4319050

Brigid Gesami (Contact Author)

Institute of Regional Integration & Development ( email )

P.O. Box 62157
Nairobi, Nairobi 00200

University of Marburg ( email )

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Marburg, 35037

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