Introducing Stable Seas
A new effort to measure and map maritime security in sub-Saharan Africa
The Stable Seas Maritime Security Index is a new effort to measure and map nine facets of good maritime governance: 1) international cooperation, 2) the rule of law, 3) maritime enforcement capacity, 4) coastal welfare, 5) development of the blue economy, 6) fisheries, 7) piracy and armed robbery at sea, 8) illicit maritime trades, and 9) maritime mixed migration. By bringing these nine issues into one comprehensive analysis, we can better understand how they intersect to affect maritime security. This improved understanding can then inform stronger maritime security policy.
The inaugural edition of our report covers the 30 exclusive economic zones (EEZs) that envelop sub-Saharan Africa from the mid-Atlantic to the Gulf of Aden. Countries in this region face unique maritime security challenges and overcoming them will require international coordination and careful consideration of the interdependencies linking these maritime threats. This site highlights these linkages by combining quantitative measures with important case studies from across the region.
Scores reflect publicly available data, as well as extensive collaboration with African militaries and governments, international organizations, African and Western non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders with an intimate understanding of the African maritime security environment.
Please browse the site by using the colored toolbar across the top of the screen to view different issue areas. The blue toggle button at the top of the page will allow you to view information country-by-country, rather than issue-by-issue.