n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Perspectives on maritime co-operation in the Gulf of Guinea

Special Edition 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



By 2013 the Gulf of Guinea emerged as the second African maritime domain to dominate international attention on maritime security and governance. Following in the wake of events off the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea displays a repertoire of maritime threats and vulnerabilities not radically different from what transpired off the East African coast in the last five years. While the maritime side of the energy assets along West Africa appears to attract much of the attention, the responses to events in the Gulf of Guinea seem to display an interesting profile as West and Central African countries play a rather prominent role to deal with maritime threats and vulnerabilities. In spite of difficulties inherent to responding to and co-operating at the regional level, several instances of regional, inter-regional and even non-traditional co-operation are unfolding off West and Central Africa. Responses to events in the Gulf of Guinea therefore show a particular African willingness, and in some cases tangible arrangements, military exercises, material acquisitions and co-operative arrangements to stem threats and vulnerabilities in the somewhat unfamiliar domain of maritime security governance.

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