Author: Royal Danish Defence College Publishing House

September 12th, 2015

The Gulf of Guinea is a vast area: 6000 kilometres of coastline stretching from Senegal in the north to Angola in the south, with 20 sovereign coastal states and islands plus a number of landlocked states. The area also spans two regions, namely West and Central Africa. Even though the number of reported piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea has recently increased, ‘Somali’ piracy continues to receive far more attention internationally than piracy on the other side of the continent (Hart 2014:2). However, various research institutions have recently begun to address the issue of maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, an area that the International Crisis Group has recently referred to as “The New Danger Zone” (ICG 2014). Recent statistics seem to support this description (Blombaum 2014). However, given the problem of “massive underreporting of attacks” (Palmer 2014:156; see also Montclos 2012), these numbers must be viewed with a certain degree of caution. Indeed, the problem of underreporting would seem to suggest that the actual number of incidents is in fact even higher.

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