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Maritime Security

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Security was a major factor affecting apartheid South Africa's foreign policy as it strove to defend itself against its enemies. The country's international relations normalised during the early 1990s and today South Africa's security concerns are not fundamentally different from those of most other States, especially on the African continent. Although primarily located on land, the conflicts raise a number of problems at sea involving either military uses or unlawful non-military acts such as weapon smuggling and piracy. In southern Africa, one of the objectives of SADC is to "consolidate, defend and maintain democracy, peace, security and stability". At the bilateral level, South Africa has formalised defence cooperation relationships with a number of non-African foreign States.

Keywords: maritime security; military uses; SADC; South Africa; unlawful non-military acts



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