Accession Number : ADA501483


Title :   Securing Sub-Saharan Africa's Maritime Environment: Lessons Learned from the Caribbean and Southeast Asia


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Murphy, Brian


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a501483.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 91


Abstract : The United States has a growing vested interest in the geopolitical status of Africa, as reflected in guiding national strategic documents. United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) was established in 2008 to effectively manage many of the key strategic issues surrounding Africa. One of AFRICOM's areas of focus is the relatively unsecured and lawless maritime environment of coastal Sub-Saharan Africa, which suffers from a myriad of security threats, including piracy and trafficking in drugs, persons, and weapons. In order to gain insight into how best to fully operationalize U.S. strategy in the African maritime environment, this thesis turns to two regions of the world where the United States has extensive experience countering maritime security threats, either directly or through significant assistance to regional states. The drug war in the Caribbean and antipiracy efforts in Southeast Asia are studied to determine the effect of two independent variables, that of coordination (both interagency and international) and maritime security capacity (the ability to man, train and equip security forces), on the flow of drugs through the Caribbean and rate of piracy in Southeast Asia. This thesis finds that while each has a positive effect on both security threats, the combination of robust coordination at the interagency and international levels and enhanced maritime security capacity was key to success in counterdrug and antipiracy operations. The implications of these findings for U.S. strategy in Sub-Saharan Africa are discussed in the conclusion.


Descriptors :   *LESSONS LEARNED , *SECURITY PERSONNEL , *DRUGS , *GEOPOLITICS , *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , *SUBSAHARAN AFRICA , COAST GUARD , INDONESIA , AFRICA , OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS , COASTAL REGIONS , CAPACITY(QUANTITY) , SOUTHEAST ASIA , MALAYSIA , SINGAPORE , THESES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Pharmacology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE