Trade in illicit arms in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, has been reported since the mid-1990s and continues today as regional instability is exacerbated by massive refugee displacement. Horrific conditions in refugee camps have led to economic exploitation by criminal organizations.
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The recent series of kidnappings along the Sulu Sea raises concerns for the security forces in the region. This article analyzes the land-sea nexus of the maritime threat and proposes the adoption of new measures to enhance the TCA.
The Gambia has become a hotspot for human trafficking, with victims coming from not only the Gambia, but all over West Africa. Women and children are subjected to sex trafficking, forced labor in street vending, and domestic servitude.
A history of Islamist radicalization, widespread crime, and close proximity to the crisis in Venezuela are factors that make securing Trinidad’s maritime space crucial to the fight against transnational organized crime and terror.
What is the relationship between the development of coastal communities and maritime security? Stable Seas’ recent piece in The Diplomat explores how economic exclusion and inequality of government service provision along the shores of the Sulu & Celebes Seas create a fertile recruiting ground for armed groups and transnational criminal networks operating at sea.
On average, it is estimated that up to 30 percent of all medicines available in Sub-Saharan Africa are counterfeit, part of a lucrative global trade.
The combination of low maritime enforcement capacity, limited rule of law on shore, and the presence of and/or proximity to conflict make certain areas in sub-Saharan Africa hotspots for maritime weapons trafficking.
Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most integral hubs for the global trade in illicit wildlife. Wildlife is also among the most profitable illicit trade sectors. Rhino horn, ivory, and pangolin scales are the most common trafficked wildlife products.