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Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Setting and Features

"The Indian Ocean is an economic, energy, cultural and military highway of considerable strategic importance. As maritime power in the Indian Ocean and power projection into it are common historical features, Indian Ocean maritime security is mu...

Somali Pirates have Rights too Judicial Consequences and Human Rights Concerns

"The international community’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia has had limited success, despite a proliferation of initiatives and resources. Although the large military presence has increased the number of piracy suspects that a...

Togo's Maritime Challenges : Why Security Remains a Major Issue

The African Union’s Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security, Safety and Development is scheduled to be held in Lomé in October 2016. Togo is confronting a range of maritime security concerns and issues. The West African country’s progress is ass...

Reviving the AU’s Maritime Strategy

The African Union (AU) is failing to implement several key maritime strategies which was drawn up, owing to lack of resources and expertise. The AU risks marginalizing maritime security work, therefore this inertia must change in 2017. This policy...

Securing a Sustainable Oceans Economy: South Africa’s Approach

This report contributes to the growing interest in South Africa’s maritime domestic and foreign policies by critically discussing recent developments. South Africa should be considered, at least by virtue of its geographic location, a unique mari...

Brazil's Maritime Strategy in the South Atlantic: The Nexus Between Security and Resources

"The recent discovery of significant deposits of oil and gas in the pre-salt layers off the Brazilian coast has triggered new interests and concerns within the South Atlantic geopolitical space. The prospect of tapping into those maritime resource...

Piracy in Africa : The Case of the Gulf of Guinea

Piracy in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea has long-range and potential long-term strategic implications for the economic, physical, and energy security concerns of the United States and its global allies. Unlike the situation off the coast of Somalia, pir...

Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness in Africa

Despite numerous crimes and threats that occurred in the African maritime domain, there is also great potential for prosperity. By implementing strategies on continental, regional and national levels African states are positioning themselves to b...

Why Africa must Resolve its Maritime Boundary Disputes

The maritime boundary disputes in Africa, unless resolved in a concerted and timely manner, will imperil both the short and long-term implementation of maritime policies and strategies. Stakeholders and states in Africa must prioritise boundary di...

Taking back the Seas: Prospects for Africa’s Blue Economy

The international shipping industry is driven by fierce competition. The maritime trade history within Africa’s coastal waters has been characterized by foreign exploitation since the early colonial era. Today, the African Union (AU), through its ...

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