Fishing, Pirates, Drugs and Legal Codes : Making the African Maritime Narrative
GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab
Africa is home to over fifty distinct countries, each with their own cultures, histories, and security problems. Of these countries, thirty-two have a coastline, and all a stake in a safe African maritime domain. Before 2000, the maritime areas surrounding the continent were largely ungoverned, and there was very little development in the realm of maritime security. The need for change became apparent when piracy became a common occurrence along the African coasts, disrupting vital international shipping routes. The Djibouti and Yaoundé Codes of Conduct were created to consolidate the efforts of their respective regions in combatting this issue. Though their purpose for existence is similar, significant differences arose regarding the content, implementation process, and effectiveness of each code. This phenomenon resonates to the struggles creating a cohesive effectiveness of each code. This phenomenon resonates to the struggles creating a cohesive maritime security narrative on the continent.