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Time has come for more effort on African maritime security 19 March 2019

With the proliferation of instruments and institutions over the last decade, the time has come to focus on de-conflicting and coordinating the various portions of the maritime security architecture around Africa, said Dr. Ian Ralby, the Africa Center’s faculty lead for maritime law and security.

The remarks were made in an article by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, discussing the significance of emerging maritime security trends in Africa and key developments in adapting to evolving threats.

To begin with, piracy is a land-based problem with maritime symptoms, and although the symptoms have changed, the problems remain, he noted.

"Whether it is charcoal smuggling, arms trafficking, or attacks against vessels engaged in other illicit activity, many of the actors who perpetrated piracy a decade ago remain engaged in maritime crime"  

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