Some hard decisions need to be taken about the future of the South African National Defence Force.
Besides the misalignment of its resources, design, equipment and its additional roles, the military has also been hobbled by misappropriation of funds.
Suspected pirates surrender to the U.S. Coast Guard off the coast of Somalia in 2009.
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In 2019, there were fewer attacks and attempted attacks on ships than there had been in 25 years. The coronavirus may bring economic and political changes that make piracy worse in the coming years.
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Brexit could make it make the UK's maritime security more complicated.
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Navies, and other security agencies, won't be able to improve maritime security as long as root causes on land are not addressed.
US service members practising water rescue techniques during a routine training exercise off the coast of Djibouti in 2007.
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Kenya and Djibouti are building a more secure and sustainable domestic maritime sector.
Ivorian sailors participate in an anti-piracy hostage rescue scenario with the Ghanaian Navy during Exercise Obangame Express.
Feeding a simple narrative of piracy without a broader look at other maritime security challenges hinders progress in dealing with it.
A Chinese trawler offloads its catch at a fishing port in Cameroon.
Despite its importance, Cameroon's maritime fisheries sector is plagued with largely hidden, or ignored, fisheries crimes.
Treading water: the Grace 1 tanker was seized by Gibraltar in early July.
After Brexit, the UK will need to decide whether it supports EU diplomacy or US militarism.
Sailors from the French Navy ship “La Somme” board a small craft after a pirate attack on a French command and supply ship in 2010.
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The number of piracy attacks has certainly declined. But the risk of being attacked at sea remains.
If Africa’s maritime territories are strengthened this will open the door to sustainable blue economy opportunities.
If African countries and their regional bodies want to reap substantially from the blue economy, then it's time for the continent to invest heavily in securing its maritime resources.
A Panamanian-flagged oil carrier seized off the South Korean coast.
Smuggling, piracy and sanctions-busting are all part of life on the ocean wave.
An addict prepares heroin in Lamu on the east coast of Kenya.
South Africa is only one piece in a larger puzzle of the heroin trade along the continents east coast.
China's conventional military assets are intimidating enough, but its latest technological advances could transform the military balance in its neighbourhood.
Coastal states like Indonesia and South Africa are beginning to take the necessary steps to manage the proliferation of fisheries crime.
Indonesia and South Africa are making strides against transnational organised fisheries crime.
Maritime security is a problem in the Indian Ocean. Different countries use a variety of means to protect their regions.
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Managing maritime security is a challenging endeavour. Forms of maritime crime include piracy, drug and arms smuggling.
They’re out there somewhere.
NATO has announced a new mission to monitor people-smugglers in the Aegean – but something smells fishy.
The Libyan coast guard in action.
Libya's endless security crisis and duelling "governments" are turning the Mediterranean into a sea of troubles.
A long way from a solution.
The proposed response to the Mediterranean migrant crisis could well do more harm than good.
Better use of the tech we have could substantially improve search and rescue efforts.
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Victoria’s capacity to handle the millions of containers imported and exported through its ports affects the whole state.
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