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Title:Maritime security and capacity building in the Gulf of Guinea: on comprehensiveness, gaps, and security priorities
Author:Lindskov Jacobsen, Katja
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic terms:West Africa
Central Africa
Subjects:regional security
territorial waters
capacity building
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2017.1291441
Abstract:It is widely acknowledged that maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea is a highly complex phenomenon involving a variety of issues (legal deficiencies, inadequate military equipment, and challenges like corruption, political unrest and youth unemployment) as well as a multiplicity of external responders. To make sense of the impact that external actors have when they address this complex problem through various maritime capacity building endeavours, this article argues that there is a need to understand the attractiveness of capacity building vis--vis the widely acknowledged need for a comprehensive approach, as well as the difficulties of translating the potential for comprehensiveness into practice (as important aspects of the problem remain largely unaddressed). Further, it is argued that it is important to appreciate that even if these gaps - i.e. the aspects that maritime capacity building currently leaves unaddressed - represent a 'failure' to deliver a comprehensive response, they are at the same time illustrative of how the maritime capacity building activities of various external actors also 'succeed' in having an impact on this regional security landscape - for instance, by influencing how certain aspects of this multifaceted problem are prioritised, whilst others are only marginally addressed, if at all. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]