Analysis: Maritime insecurity

by ​Neil Thompson
New offshore oil and gas finds off Africa’s coastline are drawing closer attention to the state of the continent’s maritime security, particularly off West Africa, where a jump in the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea were recorded in 2016.
Africa remains one of the last frontiers for oil and gas, with significant discoveries there leading to some expectation that the continent’s importance as an energy producer is set to grow well into the 21st century.
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