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WAPSN Workshop 2017 hosted in Portsmouth

Tony Chafer, professor of French and African studies, welcomed guests to the annual workshop organised as part of the West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN). Hosted by the University’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the workshop entitled “Tackling security challenges in West Africa” (29-30 June) involved panel discussions on female jihadism, violent extremism, youth radicalisation, maritime security and the rise of Boko Haram. The special guest this year was the Ambassador of Senegal, H.E. Professor Cheikh Ahmadou Dieng to present his country’s perspective on West African security.  Interview by UoP News journalist he stated “I am very happy to be part of this event. The geographical location of Senegal makes security issues very […]

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Piracy-studies.org – The research portal for the study of contemporary piracy and maritime security

The forthcoming African Union extraordinary summit on maritime security and development makes it opportune for WAPSN to present this excellent resource for those researching piracy and more generally maritime security. Piracy Studies is a research portal for the study of contemporary piracy and maritime security that facilitates inter-disciplinary collaboration and makes academic research on piracy and maritime security available to a wider audience. The portal provides  a space for sharing academic resources related to the study of piracy and maritime security and publishes short research-based comments on contemporary developments or recent research results. The portal is edited by  a team of researchers that started to work on African piracy in 2009. The portal […]

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ISS West Africa Report. Togo’s maritime challenges: why security remains a major issue

August 2016 Report prepared by Bathélémy Blédé and André Diouf, ISS Dakar. With the African Union’s Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security, Safety and Development scheduled to be held in Lomé in October this year, Togo is confronting a range of maritime security concerns and issues. This report assesses the West African country’s progress in securing its coastline since 2012, when it recorded the second highest number of acts of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea after Nigeria. It also identifies the key challenges facing the country and offers recommendations. Au moment où l’Union africaine prépare un sommet extraordinaire à Lomé sur la sécurité et la sûreté maritimes et le développement, […]

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Cap sur la Charte de Lomé: l’ONU se penche sur la sécurité maritime dans le Golf de Guinée

Le Conseil de sécurité a organisé le 25 avril dernier un débat de haut niveau consacré à la piraterie et vols à main armée en mer dans le Golfe de Guinée. Un débat auquel était convié Robert Dussey, le ministre togolais des Affaires étrangères, dont le pays organisera au mois d’octobre un sommet sur la sécurité maritime. M. Dussey a souligné que l’initiative du Conseil témoignait tout l’intérêt qu’il porte à la promotion de la paix, de la sécurité et la stabilité, notamment en Afrique. Le Conseil de sécurité a invité les Etats de la région du Golfe de Guinée à coopérer pour lutter contre les actes de piraterie et les vols […]

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Maritime Security and the Blue Economy: Understanding the Link

By Dr. Christian Bueger, Cardiff University. If the 21st century is a maritime century, better international cooperation and global ocean governance will be the key. The need for better ocean governance is reflected in two recent political and intellectual discourses which find their expression in the concepts of maritime security and of the blue economy. Both concepts aim at re-thinking the objectives of ocean governance. If maritime security points to the risks and perils of the sea, the blue economy captures its prospects and promises. Maritime security emphasizes the importance of protecting maritime space from diverse threats, such as inter-state disputes, piracy or other forms of transnational crime, but also the […]

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Will a private maritime security model work in the Gulf of Guinea?

By Peter Cook, director of SAMI. The use of Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) and their Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) in the High Risk Area (HRA) of the North-West Indian Ocean has proved extremely successful; some say it was the “game changer” for the HRA, resulting in no commercial ship having been successfully hijacked by pirates in the HRA since May 2012. But could the same or a similar private maritime security model work in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) and if not is there any way that private maritime security can work off the coast of West Africa? Nigeria is the cornerstone of the GoG geographically, culturally […]

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Maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea debated in Portsmouth

Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea debated in Portsmouth

Professor Tony Chafer, Director of the University of Portsmouth, Centre for European and International Studies Research, welcomed guests to the inaugural maritime security conference organised as part of the West Africa Peace and Security Network. The Ambassador of the Republic of Togo was one of the guest speakers at the conference held on March 9, 2016 to debate piracy and maritime security issues in the Gulf of Guinea with scholars and professionals. His Excellency Ambassador Yackoley Kokou Johnson presented the key objectives of the forthcoming African Union Lomé Summit on maritime security, safety and development in Africa. Delegates discussed sea-security challenges such as piracy and other criminal activities that remain obstacles to […]

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Fragility, violence and criminality in the Gulf of Guinea.

By Dr. Elisa Lopez Lucia – The Gulf of Guinea is rich in oil and gas, and a major international trade route. While oil wealth in the context of weak governance and under-development is creating tensions leading to criminality and violence, high geostrategic stakes provide the incentives for national, regional and international actors to seek solutions. This rapid literature review analyses the causes, dynamics and responses to maritime security issues in three concentrated areas: the Niger Delta, the Bakassi peninsula and along the West African coast between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. It shows that the many actors who are either directly involved in or enabling criminality in the region maintain […]

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Facing the geopolitical consequences of the falling oil price in West Africa

By Sophie Quintin Adali – Oil is the king of commodities and its tumbling price has thrown global financial markets into turmoil. For fragile oil-dependent West African states this situation could spell disaster with serious consequences for international security. If the falling crude price means cheaper petrol at the pump for oil-importing European states, the outlook for their oil industry is rather gloomier. In the short to medium terms, companies will need to adjust by axing jobs and investments. For oil-exporting economies, adjusting could prove far more problematic. It is worth recalling that the crash of the oil price in 1985 was one of the determinant factors in the collapse […]

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