A Cameroonian boarding team conducts anti-piracy training aboard the Nigerian navy ship NNS Thunder (F-90) during Exercise Obangame Express 2013 (OE-13) in the Gulf of Guinea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Howard)

Does Somali Piracy Hold Security Lessons for the Gulf of Guinea?

The subject of maritime security has gained prominence since the turn of this millennium as piracy and armed robbery at sea intensified. With most littoral states committing their budgetary allocations to security on land, maritime governance frameworks have lagged behind, inadvertently creating safe spaces for insurgents eager to boost their political and economic clout from disorganized seas.

Particularly, Africa has emerged as a maritime terrorism hotspot, presenting a tremendous obstacle to the development of its blue economy. Seafarers have borne the brunt of unsafe waterways as pirates increasingly target ships.

Read more at The Maritime Executive

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