Author: Martin Uadiale

January 12th, 2015

Piracy has re-emerged as a global security threat, most recently in the waters of the Horn of Africa, but also in West Africa, the waters off India, the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca, and the Caribbean. Pirates tend to operate in regions with large costal areas, high levels of commercial activity, small national naval forces, and weak regional security cooperation mechanisms. These characteristics facilitate other maritime security threats including terrorism, weapons and narcotics trafficking, illegal fishing and dumping, and human smuggling operations. As a result, maritime security challenges are becoming increasingly relevant to human security, particularly in the southern Atlantic.

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