Safe, secure and stable seas: how are African navies contributing?

Capacity limitations mean that collective solutions and support from international partners will be vital.

The role of African navies and agencies in dealing with maritime security threats such as illegal fishing, piracy and organised crime at sea is not well documented. This creates the impression that they aren’t actively involved, which is not the case.

This seminar will explore the role of African coastal states in maritime security. Because most lack the capacity for effective law enforcement far out at sea, collective solutions backed up by capacity-building from the international community are vital. Speakers will also consider how lessons from successful multi-state initiatives against piracy could be adapted to combat other threats to African maritime security.  

Chair: Timothy Walker, Maritime Project Leader and Senior Researcher, ISS Pretoria


Christian Bueger, Professor of International Relations, University of Copenhagen and Co-Director, SafeSeas network

Lydelle Joubert, Researcher, Maritime Piracy and Maritime Illicit Trades, StableSeas

Stephanie Lolk Larsen, Research Officer, Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa

Captain Mohammad Shettima, Deputy Defence Attache (Maritime), Embassy of Nigeria and Permanent Representative to the African Union

Development partners
This seminar is funded by the government of Norway. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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