The African Way of Warfare and Its Challenge to the South Atlantic Security

  • Igor Castellano da Silva


The increasing levels of maritime insecurity in African coasts have like one main cause the continent’s continuous state of war. The chapter formulates a conceptual framework that correlates the dyadic relationship between the African way of warfare and the African states’ shortcomings. That involves the increasingly significant presence of irregular groups and non-state actors in armed conflicts; the permanence of proxy warfare and significant interstate rivalries; and regionalized conflicts capable of articulating regional systems. Those are systemic causes and effects that are related to the process of state-building in the continent, and its interaction with regional transformations and extra-regional penetration. Such understanding brings additional categories of consideration for the maritime security capacity-building initiatives in that continent, particularly by stressing the central roles of African regional organizations, such as ECOWAS, SADC, and GGC.



Assistant Professor of the Department of Economics and International Relations and the Post-Graduate Program in Economics and Development of the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM). PhD in International Strategic Studies (2015) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), with a Doctoral exchange period at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2013). Author of the books Congo, A Guerra Mundial Africana: conflitos armados, construção do Estado e alternativas para a paz (2012, Leitura XXI) and Política Externa na África Austral: guerra, construção do Estado e ordem regional (2017, CEBRAFRICA). This research is supported by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the UFSM Research Incentive Fund (FIPE Junior).

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  • Igor Castellano da Silva
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  1. 1.Federal University of Santa MariaSanta MariaBrazil

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