Drops in the bucket? A review of onshore responses to Somali piracy

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That piracy needs to be addressed onshore is a widely shared assumption. While the majority of counter-piracy measures focus on the sea, a number of onshore counter-piracy initiatives have been launched. We can observe the seeds of an alternative land-based policy approach. One set of land-based programs aims at strengthening the legal and security state apparatus to better deter and punish pirates. The other set of programs aims at addressing local populations on regional, clan or village levels. Such projects aim at increasing surveillance, sensitizing populations for the consequences of piracy, and providing rehabilitation or alternative livelihood opportunities. In this article, I review the latter type of projects and discuss the promises and difficulties of addressing piracy by such measures. I discuss five major problems: knowledge problems, implementation problems, counterintuitive consequences, tensions towards other parts of counter-piracy strategy, and the securitization of aid.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWMU Journal of Maritime Affairs
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)15-31
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - Piracy, Somalia, Onshore solutions, Developmental responses, Security development nexus

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