Investing in Science and Technology to Meet Africa’s Maritime Security Challenges

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 02/22/2011

moi By Augustus Vogel. Africa Center for Strategic Studies, 2011.

A growing number of Africa’s security challenges – narcotics trafficking, piracy, illegal fishing, and armed robberies, among others – take place at sea. Illicit actors exploit Africa’s maritime space given its expansiveness and the limited number of vessels African governments can field to interdict this activity. Technology can dramatically improve Africa’s maritime security coverage. However, to do so will require engaging Africa’s scientists who can guide and sustain these efforts. This will yield not only security but environmental and meteorological benefits for the continent.

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