WEST AFRICA

Brussels, Washington and London battle for maritime ascendancy with anti-piracy programmes

Under pressure from its shipowners, Brussels is set to launch its SWAIMS anti-piracy programme for countries in the Gulf of Guinea that lack the resources to respond effectively to the problem on their own account. Meanwhile, Britain and the US are boosting their own maritime diplomatic efforts in the region by providing support for national navies there, taking advantage of problems with the EU programmes. [...] (1772 words)
Issue dated 07/02/2022 Reading time 8 minutes
An armed Somali pirate along the coast, 7 January 2010. In the background, the Greek cargo ship MV Filitsa is anchored off the town of Hobyo in northeast Somalia, where it is being held by pirates.
An armed Somali pirate along the coast, 7 January 2010. In the background, the Greek cargo ship MV Filitsa is anchored off the town of Hobyo in northeast Somalia, where it is being held by pirates. © Mohamed Dahir/AFP
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