Ghana’s maritime economy faces significant challenges in becoming viable.
China’s need for private security services in Africa has grown significantly as Beijing increases its investment in the continent.
The life of the famous pirate Stede Bonnet has been turned into a ridiculous comedy in Our Flag Means Death – but who was the real gentleman pirate from history?
The maritime situation in Mozambique must not be allowed to emulate the maritime threats found off Nigeria, Somalia, and the rebel-held territories in Libya.
For the Deep Blue Project to work the government must address the factors that enable piracy and insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.
Nigeria must address illegal fishing, which depletes the country’s fish stocks, undermines livelihoods and pushes people into poverty.
ECOWAS needs to be decisive in enforcing its protocols and sanctioning members that flout the provisions of its protocols and policies.
Direct implications for maritime security are unlikely. But there will be ripple effects in the shipping industry and in many commercial sectors.
Sea piracy often grabs the headlines, but it is just one of many symptoms of insecurity at sea.
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.
Navies, and other security agencies, won’t be able to improve maritime security as long as root causes on land are not addressed.
Kenya and Djibouti are building a more secure and sustainable domestic maritime sector.
For the first time since independence, Namibia’s ruling party has suffered electoral setbacks in the midst of economic and political crisis.
Feeding a simple narrative of piracy without a broader look at other maritime security challenges hinders progress in dealing with it.
For HBO, online piracy is not the huge issue it represents for the platforms that screen its content.
How pirates helped to shape international criminal law.
Local fishermen or young men looking for work in the Riau Islands Special Economic Zones earn extra income by mugging boats in the Malacca Strait at night.
Smuggling, piracy and sanctions-busting are all part of life on the ocean wave.
Traditionally maritime security has been defined through the narrow lens of piracy. But as the blue economy grows, African states need to embrace a broader strategy.
Many African countries are sitting on vast and under-utilised oceanic territories that have the potential to unlock enormous economic value, if properly governed.