The International Response to Somali Piracy

Challenges and Opportunities

The recent surge in piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia has triggered an international response which is unprecedented in terms of the number of actors involved. The International Response to Somali Piracy presents a comprehensive treatment of the international response to Somali piracy, exploring current initiatives to counter the piracy threat, both operationally and legally. Moreover, the book analyzes the regional and broader international context within which these initiatives are taken, and identifies the challenges and opportunities for international cooperation on fighting piracy at sea. This volume brings together experts from a great variety of different backgrounds and disciplines.

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Biographical Note

The editors are Senior Research Fellows at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, a policy institute for international relations. In a constantly changing global environment, Clingendael functions both as a think-tank and a diplomatic academy, identifying and analyzing emerging political and social developments for the benefit of government and the general public.

Table of contents

1. Introduction: The International Response to Somali Piracy, Bibi van Ginkel and Frans-Paul van der Putten
2. More than Just Pirates: Closing the Space for Somali Pirates through a Comprehensive Approach, Roger Middleton
3. The Failed State and Regional Dimensions of Somali Piracy, J. Peter Pham
4. Operational Challenges to Counterpiracy Operations off the Coast of Somalia, Kees Homan and Susanne Kamerling
5. Coping with Piracy: The European Union and the Shipping Industry, Per Gullestrup and May-Britt U. Stumbaum
6. The Legal Challenges in Fighting Piracy, Douglas Guilfoyle
7. The Interplay between Counterpiracy and Indian Ocean Geopolitics, James R. Holmes
8. Conclusion: Challenges and Opportunities, Bibi van Ginkel and Frans-Paul van der Putten
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