Commentaries

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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Finding a Regional Solution to Piracy: Is the Djibouti Process the Answer?
by Christian Bueger & Mohanvir Singh Saran A significant component of the long term strategy to counter-piracy originating in Somalia is the attempt to find regional solutions. The idea is to build a regional maritime security infrastructure which can cope with the menace in the long run. The very successful ...
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The Save Our Seafarers Campaign – More a Hindrance, than a Help?
Shipowners frequently wonder why the problem of piracy does not receive more political support and why not more public resources are spent to address the issue. One answer to this quandary is: public support. No convincing case has been made that the problem of piracy is in the public’s interest, ...
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The EU’s Misguided Move to Fight Pirates Onshore
By James Bridger, Atlantic Council of Canada When confronting the crisis of Somali piracy, the preferred strategy of the international community has been to deploy naval vessels to protect vulnerable ships and deter and disrupt pirate attacks. The refrain that ‘the solution to piracy lies onshore’ is oft-heard, but counter-piracy ...
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