Policy Brief Explores Near-Term Options to Address Piracy and Armed Robbery in the Gulf of Guinea

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Tracking exercise conducted by Ivorian, Italian, and US Navies in the Gulf of Guinea. US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Megan Roses.

In partnership with former Oceans Beyond Piracy Director, Jon Huggins, Stable Seas convened a small group of maritime stakeholders to develop near-term actions to deter piracy and armed robbery incidents in the Gulf of Guinea. While the regionally-developed and -managed Yaoundé Code of Conduct has yielded progress in maritime security in the region, much of the Yaoundé Architecture hinges on longer-term plans to build regional capacity, which is still maturing. Meanwhile, piracy and armed robbery continues to pose a threat to vessels transiting the region.

The resulting study highlights options for the community of stakeholders to combat piracy and armed robbery in the short-term. The recommendations included in the study are intended to complement the initiatives enshrined in the Yaoundé Code of Conduct and subsequent Yaoundé Architecture and are intended to be implemented in the timeline of six months to one year. 

Among the recommendations included in the study are making improvements to the incorporation of contracted state security in the Gulf of Guinea; establishing standard protocols for information-sharing between international, regional, and national centres; increasing focus on operational coordination, ideally through a SHADE-like forum hosted in and by the region; and establishing a loose framework for cooperation to facilitate regionally-led incorporation of international partners. 

Read the Near-term Mitigation of Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea policy brief