Category Counter-piracy

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US MARSEC Capability Development Programs in West Africa: Current Status and Future Prospects

By N.R. Jenzen-Jones &  LT Chad R. Hutchins, USN This piece originally appeared at Information Dissemination.   USS NICHOLAS (FFG-47) Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) team members train Kenyan naval personnel on proper apprehension techniques while in port Mombasa, Kenya during Africa Partnership Station – East 2010. West Africa[1] today is plagued by a variety of […]

US State Department views on PSCs operating off the Horn of Africa

This is an excerpt from the remarks given by the Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Andrew J. Shapiro to the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. on the 27th of March. The full text is available here. The underlined emphasis is mine. Private Sector Another integral part of the response to […]

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An Industry-Based Approach to Maritime Security in West Africa

by N.R. Jenzen-Jones This piece was written in October 2011. It first appeared in the Journal of International Peace Operations (JIPO) volume 7, number 4. You can find it here.  The sharp rise in piracy in West Africa, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, has featured prominently in recent news. Piracy as a whole is costing global […]