n Journal of African Union Studies - Conference report : Third International Conference on Strategic Theory, maritime security off Eastern Africa : beyond piracy

Volume 2, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


More than one hundred policymakers, government officials and academics met in Dar-es-Salaam in September 2013 to debate the vexing matter of piracy in east African waters. The eastern Africa littoral has been the scene for numerous piracy "events", a pattern embracing more than what is often billed too simplistically as "Somali piracy". The conference organisers, drawn from the faculty of the Royal Danish Defence College, from Stellenbosch University, and the University of Dar-es-Salaam, aimed specifically to stimulate a wider debate "Beyond Piracy", and hence the name of the conference. The maritime security debate entails more than 'Somali piracy' and the elimination, or perhaps containment, of sea piracy does not necessarily mean the return of good order at sea (GOAS) along the east African littoral. Dar-es-Salaam, situated at the hinge between the two main zones of East African piracy, between the Horn of Africa and the Mozambican Channel, was a conference venue that was both appropriate and most congenial. Dar-es-Salaam as conference venue also facilitated access by delegates from several East African countries.

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