Somalia

  • Somali Pirates: Al Qaeda's Navy?

    Hollywood's glamorization of the Barbary Pirates over the years blurred the horror of a seaborne plague. Between 1530 and 1789, some 1.5 million European Christians and Jews, and American sailors and travelers, were kidnapped and enslaved in Islamic North Africa.


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  • Tactical Options for Fighting Somali Pirates

    There have been a number of ideas floated regarding options for dealing with the pirate activity around the coast of Somalia.


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  • NATO Foils Pirate Attacks

    NATO Somali Pirates

    NATO forces thwarted two pirate attacks over the weekend. BBC reports that an attempted attack on a Norwegian tanker was "foiled by NATO warships and helicopters after an overnight pursuit in the Gulf of Aden."  Dutch commandos also freed 20 Yemeni fishermen who had been taken hostage, Reuters reports. 


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  • Taking On Somali Piracy

    Sunday's rescue of Richard Phillips, the skipper of the Maersk Alabama, from Somali pirates brought home an old story.


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  • Game Changer in Somalia? Not yet

    The seizure of the M/V Maersk Alabama represents a first in the recent increase in ship hijackings in the vicinity of Somalia. It is the first US-flagged vessel to be seized and its crew are the first Americans to be kidnapped by Somali pirates.  While significant, this does not necessarily make it a problem for the US government to solve.


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  • Somali Pirates Capture U.S. Vessel, World Attention

    Over the past week, there has been a rash of maritime hijackings off the East African coast after what had been something of a lull.  But New Atlanticistreaders were not surprised.


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  • US and Russian Navy Arrest 26 Somali Pirates

     U.S. Navy and Russian warships arrested 26 suspected Somali pirates this week, Andrew Njuguna reports for AP.


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  • The End of Piracy: Can NATO Contribute?

    Now that the piracy crisis centered off the Somali Coast/Gulf of Aden, the Horn of Africa and, to a lesser degree, the West African Coast in the Gulf of Guinea has become big news, the international community, most recently the United Nations, has sprung into action.  The end of piracy draws nigh.  In fact, those Somali pirates are reportedly shaking in their Sperry Topsiders while bending over and kissing their booties goodbye.  OK, perhaps not.


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  • U.S. to Head International Piracy Force

    A new international antipiracy task force led by the U.S. is set to be operational in the Gulf of Aden by mid-January.  The Fifth Fleet of the U.S. Navy, based in Bahrain, said it will be called Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) and will include a U.S. command ship, two more American warships, and air support.


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  • Global Governance Deficit

    Global Governance Deficit

    Once again, a crisis is brewing in Somalia, this time compounded by the global impact of piracy around its waters. And once again, it illustrates several dimensions of the global governance deficit arising from the challenge of weak and failing states, still, all too often, largely unmet.


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