The Politics of Piracy Numbers: The Gulf of Guinea Case

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The Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region is a vast maritime area off West and Central Africa, and an area of interest to numerous external actors for a range of different reasons including historical relations, trade, oil and fishery. This maritime space is characterised not only by legitimate actors’ presence at sea but also by various types of maritime criminality, with piracy currently being high on the agenda of external actors. Indeed, in 2020, 95% of all maritime kidnappings globally happened in the GoG. Through the application of a specific theoretical lens, namely the politics of piracy numbers, this chapter offers a regional case study of piracy in the GoG. Through this lens, the chapter for example explores how, though being the most counted type of maritime insecurity, piracy is only one aspect of a much broader complex of maritime insecurities. Attending also to the politics of missing numbers, the chapter also explores how far less attention is devoted to counting various onshore dimension of GoG-piracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Maritime Security
EditorsRuxandra-Laura Boşilcă, Susana Ferreira, Barry J. Ryan
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)9780367430641
ISBN (Electronic)9781000593488
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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© 2022 selection and editorial matter, Ruxandra-Laura Bosilca, Susana Ferreira and Barry J. Ryan; individual chapters, the contributors.

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