Kenya’s role in Counter-Piracy and the Contact Group

Paul Musili Wambua, University of Nairobi School of Law.

Kenya is at the forefront of the fight against Somali piracy. If in the first years Kenya had been very active and the core state to take over prosecutions and imprisonment, increasingly the government has become reluctant to engage in the Contact Group and take a leadership role on maritime security in the region. In this paper Prof. Wambua reflects on Kenya’s role in the fight against piracy and explores the reasons of why Kenya became a less prominent participant in the CGPCS. In his analysis he carefully shows the importance of internal, and indeed also, bureaucratic politics for understanding Kenya’s position. Written by one of the leading African maritime lawyers this paper is an important reference point for those interested in Kenya’s maritime security policy and its future role in the region. Read the full paper here.


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