chapter  4
Terrorism and Piracy
Pages 20

Piracy and armed robbery against ships is still one of the main concerns of the international society around the African continent. The reason for this unstable situation is the fact of a very poor economic situation in this part of the world as well as the existence of most of world’s failed or very weak states on this continent. West Africa is one of the poorest and least stable political and economic parts of Africa. The Gulf of Guinea is one of the most trouble regions in term of maritime crime and piracy. There is no universally agreed geographical definition of the Gulf of Guinea. The region is defined as the part of the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Africa. Almost too obtuse to be a gulf, the region encompasses over a dozen countries from West and Central Africa.1