ISS: Gulf of Guinea piracy: a symptom, not a cause, of insecurity

Written by ISSAfrica

Focusing on piracy is counter-productive if strategies neglect other maritime security problems in coastal communities.

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea appears to be worse than ever, judging by recent headlines. But these accounts and the data they rely on must be approached with caution. Figures on piracy and armed robbery at sea are susceptible to under-reporting and problems of definition. Over-hasty responses could lead to narrow solutions that fail to solve the underlying causes of maritime insecurity.

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