According to Dirk Steffen, Director of Maritime Security at Risk Intelligence, the navies in West Africa are gradually waking up in the area of maritime security. Historically the navies plaid not an important role for the security in Africa. This changed with the increasing offshore exploitation of natural resources. In this regard, the navy is a part of a wide economic security strategy of of the respective country. Generally, the capabilities of the West African nations still lack far behind the will to actually improve the maritime security in the region.
In episode 45 of Sea Control, Matthew Hipple discusses with Dirk Steffen and Paul Pryce, Junior Research Fellow at the Atlantic Council of Canada, the naval development in West Africa. During the show, they cover the challenges of developing state maritime security apparatus, particularly procurement, capabilities & training, as well as the rising challenges of private demand for security vs. public supply that can cause corruption, confusion, as well as innovation. Once again, this is a very interesting and insightful episode.
- Dirk Steffen, “OBANGAME EXPRESS 2014: Together. Forward. Slowly.“, CIMSEC, 23.05.2014.
- Dirk Steffen, “Troubled Waters? The Use of Nigerian Navy and Police in Private Maritime Security Roles“, CIMSEC, 01.07.2014.
- Paul Pryce discusses the emergence of a new maritime player in West Africa: Equatorial Guinea –> Paul Price, “Africa’s Newest Navy“, The Atlantic Council of Canada, 10.07.2014.
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