Africa Security Brief No. 10

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

By Augustus Vogel

February 28, 2011

Lance Cpl. Hilary M. Leon, Seychelles Coast Guard radio operator

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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