Commentaries

Facts, Figures, Trends: the Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database 2001-2010
By Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal The lack of reliable piracy data has been identified as one of the main obstacles to contemporary maritime piracy research (Worrall, 2000; Ong-Webb, 2007). Research to date has focused on selected types of piracy or on particular geographical regions where piracy occurs, usually relying on single sources ...
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Into the Blue: Rethinking Maritime Security
Insights from an ESRC sponsored Ideaslab on Maritime Security at Cardiff University, 26-27 June 2014 By Jan Stockbruegger and Christian Bueger, Cardiff University The concept of maritime security is one of the most recent additions to the vocabulary of international security. If security at sea used to be discussed in ...
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Rising Powers in Maritime Security? Comparing the Strategies of Brazil and India
By Adriana Erthal Abdenur and Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto In the fluid, highly uncertain context of the post-Cold War period, rising powers have begun to engage more intensely in region-building, redefining their strategic vicinities through a combination of inter-state cooperation and military build-up. Although this topic has been addressed ...
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Africa’s Maritime Domain: Can the Regional States Ensure a Stable Regime in the Indian Ocean Region?
by P.V. Rao The unstable and fragile political regimes of many of the African littoral countries in the Indian Ocean Region compound the problems of managing their maritime domains. Maritime criminal and illegal operations are confined not only to the coastal states but also to the island states of the ...
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Technological Solutions to the Piracy Problem? Lessons Learned from Counter Piracy off the Horn of Africa
Christian Bueger & Anna Leander Insights from a CRIC Seminar supported by CBS Maritime, Copenhagen Business School, 26 May 2014 The fight against Somali piracy has sparked a range of interesting innovations of how the international community approaches an international problem. This includes new means of international cooperation, such as ...
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Enforcing the Law: An Economic Approach to Maritime Piracy and its Control
Paul Hallwood and Thomas J. Miceli University of Connecticut Modern day maritime piracy is a world-wide phenomenon that poses a serious threat to international shipping. An economic approach to the control of maritime piracy is based on the general economic theory of law enforcement that views offenders (pirates) as rational ...
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The Third Annual International Maritime Security Conference ‘Future Challenges’
Global Directions, Merton College Oxford in Conjunction with the Royal Navy Hudson Trust Anja Shortland, Julia Amos and Sarah Percy The third international maritime security conference was held at Merton College, Oxford on 1 and 2 April 2014 with over forty delegates. It involved two days of lively conversation, stimulated ...
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Reclaiming the Maritime? The AU’s New Maritime Strategy
Jan Stockbruegger, Cardiff University In the past, the maritime domain has not featured prominently on the policy agenda of the African Union and Regional Economic Communities (RECs). Neither the 1963 founding Charter of the Organization of African Unity (OUA), nor the 2002 Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU the ...
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In search for a mission? The EU’s regional training mission EUCAP Nestor
By Christian Bueger The European Union (EU) has been one of the driving actors of counter-piracy: EUNAVFOR Atalanta is one of the core naval force providers, the EU has been one of the core sponsors of the UNODC’s Counter Piracy Project, EUTM Somalia provides military training in Somalia, and the ...
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The Decline of Somali Piracy – Towards Long Term Solutions
The decade of large scale piracy off the coast of Somalia appears to be over. For almost two years no successful hijacking attempt was reported. Has piracy off Somalia been eradicated once and for all? According to the latest report of the UN Monitoring Group pirates have not gone out ...
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