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