Economic profit is often the motivating factor when shipping companies knowingly get involved in smuggling arms—not necessarily political ambition. Shipping companies traffic weapons for criminal or terrorist groups or ship arms to embargoed or banned destinations. One such embargoed destination is Libya.
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What does Nigeria's Deep Blue Project mean to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea?
The Yaoundé Code of Conduct, otherwise known as the YCOC, is West and Central Africa’s preeminent maritime security framework.
From drug trafficking, to weapons smuggling, to orchestrating attacks on maritime targets, terrorist organizations increasingly leverage sea blindness to finance and facilitate campaigns of violence on land.
Mangroves improve coastal economic resilience by reducing the impact of climate change and supporting biodiversity. What can be learned from Sri Lanka's conservation efforts?
Not only is kidnapping for ransom by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) used to fund terrorist operations in the region, but terror is also used to extend ASG’s criminal agenda by extorting money from government and businesses.
The World Has Never Stored More Oil and Gas at Sea. Does This Increase the Risk of Maritime Terrorism? The offshore tankers and storage facilities that are holding the excess supply of oil and gas are new and vulnerable soft targets.
Obstacles lie in the way of seamless blue economy development. The first is instability in the maritime space in the Gulf of Guinea: a secure maritime space is critical, as otherwise shipping companies may opt to avoid dangerous swaths of maritime territory in favor of safer ports in neighboring countries.
The use of sand for cement-making in industrial projects has generated significant demand in India. Sand mining holds significant environmental and economic implications for coastal populations.
Maritime enforcement agencies face significant challenges in their struggle to obtain comprehensive maritime domain awareness (MDA) within the Bay of Bengal. Undetected illlict activities like smuggling, human trafficking, piracy, and armed robbery threaten regional stability.