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Title:The African Union, the African Peace and Security Architecture, and maritime security
Author:Engel, UlfISNI
Periodical:African security (ISSN 1939-2214)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:regional security
African Union
African organizations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19392206.2014.939889
Abstract:Over the past decade, the policy field of maritime security and safety evolved in Africa in the context of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean (East Africa), and the Gulf of Guinea (West Africa). It is now discussed at all policy levels, from the member states to Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to the African Union (AU). However, the understanding of the field has shifted to ever broader issues, from environmental protection and economic development to trade and commerce. With the adoption of the 2050 Africa's Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM Strategy) in January 2014, the emphasis seems to be on economics and control over the Combined Exclusive Maritime Zone for Africa. From an implementation point of view, more traditional maritime security issues (piracy and illegal fishing) could be practical points of departure that should be gradually supplemented by more recent concerns (terrorism, drug and weapon trafficking, smuggling of goods and people, illegal oil bunkering). In view of the lack of financing by AU member states, an assessment of the financial implications of the implementation of the 2050 AIM Strategy seems absolutely vital. Notes, ref. sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]