Archive | Maritime Security

AFSEC17. African Security Summit: advancing pan-African Maritime Security

At the forthcoming AFSEC conference in Casablanca in May (30-31), we will be sharing pan-African Maritime case studies looking at securing the seas.  The lessons of both East and West Africa will be shared – The Gulf of Guinea is the region of the world most affected by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing – accounting for more than a third of catches, to a value of up to €1.5 billion. If this trend is not reversed, history tells us that act of piracy and criminal action at sea will increase. AFSEC will bring together security experts and government officials with the Heads of Navies of a number of key African Nations including; Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal, Mauritania, Angola and Djibouti to […]

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L’Union Africaine adopte la Charte de Lomé: un sommet en trompe l’œil?

Silué N’Tchabétien Oumar – Le samedi 15 octobre 2016, à Lomé au Togo, s’est tenu le sommet extraordinaire des chefs d’État de l’Union africaine (UA) sur la sûreté et la sécurité maritime. À l’issu des échanges, 31 États ont signé une Charte non contraignante. Si l’initiative est à louer, de nombreux efforts restent à fournir.   La Charte de Lomé Débuté le lundi 10, le sommet pris fin le samedi 15 octobre par l’adoption de la “Charte de Lomé”. Les participants ont pris un train de 3 grandes mesures. D’abord au niveau opérationnel, la trentaine de pays signataires se sont engagés à partager leurs informations et leurs expériences pour lutter […]

Continue Reading 0 – 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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Countdown to the AU Summit on maritime security and development in Lomé

The aim of the Lomé Conference is to make maritime space the key driver of Africa’s economic and social development. The Heads of State and Government of the 54 countries in the African Union will meet in Lomé on 15 October 2016, with experts and leaders from the business world, in order to establish a roadmap on Maritime Security in Africa. This special session will build on the results of the summits held in Yaoundé (June 2013) and the Seychelles (February 2015), in order to put in place an African strategy for the protection of its seas and oceans, to provide peace, security and stability, and to make African maritime […]

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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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Call for papers: TOFS Oil, Finance and Shipping Symposium.

The University of Greenwich is holding a symposium on the developments and interlinkages within the oil, finance and shipping industries with particular emphasis upon security issues and current trends in the Global Economy. Papers in the following areas can be submitted:     Oil and Security, Oil Trading, ‘Dark Pools’ and Illicit Oil, The impact of QE Quantitative Easing on the Global Oil and Shipping Markets, Banking Sector interlinkages with Global Oil and Shipping, Geopolitical Risk Management in Oil and Shipping, Real Option Valuation in the Oil and Shipping Sectors, Oil and Shipping Financial Derivatives, Oil and Shipping Cyber Security. Regulation and Surveillance, ‘Peak Oil’ and Sectoral Business Cycles in […]

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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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