Combating 'Maritime Terrorism' Off the Coast of Somalia
41 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2011
Date Written: November 2010
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
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