Combating 'Maritime Terrorism' Off the Coast of Somalia

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Anja Shortland

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Marc Vothknecht

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: November 2010

Abstract

This paper evaluates the effectiveness of the international naval mission in the Gulf of Aden from 2008-2010, both in terms of its counter-piracy and its counter-terrorism objectives. We draw on arguments developed in the literature of law and economics, detailed statistical analyses and a large number of in depth interviews. Counter-piracy operations are a qualified success: their main effects are the stabilisation of attacks at a high level and the substitution between the relatively well protected transit corridor in the Gulf of Aden and the open sea. However, the counter-piracy measures appear to deter pirates from forming alliances with Islamist movements and may therefore make a major contribution to international security.

Keywords: Piracy, Somalia, counter-terrorism, law and economics, deterrence, naval intervention

JEL Classification: K42, O17, F19

Suggested Citation

Shortland, Anja and Vothknecht, Marc, Combating 'Maritime Terrorism' Off the Coast of Somalia (November 2010). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1079. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1735401 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1735401

Anja Shortland (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Marc Vothknecht

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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