The Africa Center’s Assis Malaquias has been honored by the U.S. Department of State for his longstanding efforts to advance maritime security in Africa. In recognition of Dr. Malaquias’ contributions and to mark World Maritime Day, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies has compiled a collection of analyses, research, and lectures that highlight the challenges of and priorities for securing Africa’s maritime domain. Says Malaquias, “Although the sea is a source of great wealth for Africa, piracy, narcotics trafficking, arms smuggling, and other transnational threats present a significant threat to the continent’s security, jobs, food supply, and trade.”
Assis Malaquias, Professor and Academic Chair of Defense Economics and Resource Management at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, discusses maritime security at the Africa Center’s Senior Leaders Seminar in May 2016.
Ian Ralby, Adjunct Professor of Maritime Law and Security at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, discusses maritime security at the Africa Center’s Senior Leaders Seminar in May 2016.
By the Africa Center for Strategic Studies
July 27, 2016
The Africa Center produced this planning toolkit for policymakers and practitioners as they navigate the process of developing maritime national security strategies in Africa.
March 4, 2016
Africa’s 16,000-mile coastline gives two-thirds of its countries direct access to a sea of riches. The maritime domain offers enormous earning potential through fishing and tourism. It serves as a major cultural reference point and a vital source of livelihoods for both coastal and inland communities.
Assis Malaquias, Professor and Academic Chair of Defense Economics and Resource Management at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, discusses maritime security at the Africa Center’s Next Generation of African Security Sector Leaders program in October 2015.
May 27, 2015
One fundamental security challenge Nigeria’s leaders must face lies at sea. The Gulf of Guinea is the transit hub for much of the West Africa’s $253 billion of commerce—most notably petroleum products. Yet, in recent years, the Gulf of Guinea has also become a hotbed of piracy, overshadowing the Gulf of Aden, where, in 2014, there were just 11 incidents, compared to 41 in the Gulf of Guinea.
Africa Security Brief No. 30
By Adeniyi Adejimi Osinowo
February 28, 2015
Stronger national, regional, and international political commitments are needed to reverse the worsening trend of maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.
August 1, 2014
“Maritime security is an integral part of a nation’s overall economic performance,” maritime security expert Loïc Moudouma said in a seminar held at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. He was speaking to a gathering of senior U.S. officials, academics, researchers, and members of the African diplomatic corps.
July 29, 2014
Commander Loic Moudouma of the Gabonese Navy provides analysis on the maritime security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea and why this needs to be more of a priority for the region.
Africa Security Brief No. 10
By Augustus Vogel
February 28, 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.
Africa Security Brief No. 2
By Augustus Vogel
December 31, 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.