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Combating "Maritime Terrorism" off the Coast of Somalia

  • Anja Shortland

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  • Marc Vothknecht

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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 on terrorism and law and economics, detailed statistical analysis 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.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Development and Institutions(CEDI), Brunel University in its series CEDI Discussion Paper Series with number 11-02.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:edb:cedidp:11-02
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