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The Pirates of the Gulf of Aden: The Coalition is the Strategy

44 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2009 Last revised: 5 May 2011

James Kraska

Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, U.S. Naval War College; University of Virginia School of Law, Center for Oceans Law & Policy; University of Virginia School of Law, Center for National Security Law; University of California Berkeley School of Law; Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI); Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Brian Wilson

United States Navy; United States Coast Guard

Date Written: November 1, 2009

Abstract

New international legal and policy frameworks have become the most effective force multiplier for developing maritime security and offer optimal approaches to counter piracy in the Horn of Africa. Piracy flourishes at the seams of globalization because jurisdiction is unclear, and pirates exploit the inherent isolation of individual vessels and nations. Regional powers in the Horn of Africa have underdeveloped law enforcement and judicial systems and suffer from a severe lack of resources. In this setting, developing legal and policy frameworks to enable those regional powers to build capacity for maritime security will be more effective than adding another warship to the equation. These efforts include four U.N. Security Council resolutions in 2008, and, perhaps even more promising, regional initiatives in the Horn of Africa that can establish a maritime security framework among states.

Keywords: piracy, maritime piracy, maritime law, naval, marine piracy, armed robbery at sea, Somalia, pirate, terrorism

Suggested Citation

Kraska, James and Wilson, Brian, The Pirates of the Gulf of Aden: The Coalition is the Strategy (November 1, 2009). Stanford Journal of International Law Vol. 45, p. 241, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1308271

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