Navies versus Coast Guards: Defining the Roles of African Maritime Security Forces

By Augustus Vogel
Updated: 08/23/2010

nigeria_navyBy August Vogel, Africa Center for Strategic Studies | 2009

Piracy, illegal fishing, and narcotics and human trafficking are growing rapidly in Africa and represent an increasingly central component of the threat matrix facing the continent. However, African states’ maritime security structures are often misaligned with the challenges posed and need coast guard capabilities and an array of intra-governmental partnerships.

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