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The following analysis and research commentaries have been published on piracy-studies.org since 2010.

Towards Blue Justice: Common Heritage and Common Interest in the Maritime

Peter Sutch, Cardiff University The importance and complexity of our political, economic and environmental relationship to the sea makes the ...
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/ Reflections on Ocean Space

Somali sea hijack is a warning signal: the pirates are down but not out

Christian Bueger & Robert McCabe, Cardiff University The hijacking of an oil tanker on its way to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, ...
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International Relations Must Challenge the Freedom of Security at Sea

Barry J Ryan, Keele University We should be embarrassed that so little has been written about the politics of the ...
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How do small states influence international counterpiracy policy?

Ulrik Trolle Smed and Anders Wivel, University of Copenhagen The piracy problem in East Africa gained international attention in particular ...
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NATO’s fight against Somali pirates: the end of an unsung success story

Christian Bueger, Cardiff University Last week operation ‘Ocean Shield’ terminated ending NATO’s six year mission to protect the sea lanes ...
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Knowing the Sea: The Prospects and Perils of Maritime Domain Awareness

Christian Bueger & Amaha Senu, Cardiff University How do we know the sea? How can we understand the activities at ...
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Maritime Crime in Nigeria and Waters Beyond: A New Dataset, 2009 to 2013

Lisa Otto, Coventry University In a recent article published in Africa Insight, Lisa Otto puts forward the findings from her analysis ...
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What Future for the Contact Group on Somali Piracy? Options for Reform

Christian Bueger, Cardiff University 2016 marks the beginning of the transition of the counter-piracy response in the Horn of Africa ...
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From Military Vessel Protection to Private Security Companies: The Italian Anti-piracy Approach

Eugenio Cusumano, Leiden University The rise of piracy has informed major transformations in Italian maritime security policies. In a recent ...
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The Effective Maritime Security Management Model and its Impact on the Organizational Performance of Shipping Companies

Elena Sadovaya and Vinh Thai, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore To enhance maritime security in shipping companies, a number of compulsory ...
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Contemporary Piracy as an Issue of Academic Inquiry: A Bibliography

Jan Stockbruegger, Brown University, & Christian Bueger, Cardiff University We have compiled a new version of the Piracy Studies Bibliography, ...
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Preventing Piracy off Somalia: Insights from Routine Activity Theory

Michael Townsley, Griffith University In the first decade of the 21st century, the Horn of Africa became the global piracy ...
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Economic Factors for Piracy: The Effect of Commodity Price Shocks

Alexander Knorr, University of Colorado Modern maritime piracy has become a significant issue which costs the global economy $24.5 billion ...
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The Future of Maritime Security in East Asia: Alternative Scenarios and the Importance of Trust

Sam Bateman, University of Wollongong In a recent article in Contemporary Southeast Asia, Sam Bateman makes predictions about how the ...
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Liberal Cooperation vs. Great Power Rivalry? How the New U.S. Seapower Strategy Shapes World Order

Jan Stockbruegger, Cardiff University In March 2015, the U.S. published its updated and revised “Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower: Forward, ...
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Managing Security Risks at Sea: A Challenge for the Shipping Industry

Hans Liwång, (Swedish Defence University), Karl Sörenson (Swedish Defence University) and Cecilia Österman (Linnaeus University)   Ship security measures are often the ...
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Norm Subsidiarity in Maritime Security: Why East Asian States Cooperate in Counter-Piracy

Terrence Lee and Kevin McGahan, National University of Singapore Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are the three key littoral countries that ...
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The Fourth Annual International Maritime Security Conference ‘Governance’ 23/24 March 2015

Global Directions, Merton College Oxford in Conjunction with the Hudson Trust and the First Sea Lord’s Fellowship Anja Shortland, Julia Amos ...
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China’s Strategic Dilemma in the Indian Ocean

David Brewster, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University   China is facing a growing strategic dilemma in the ...
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Flag States, Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel and Human Rights Violations at Sea

By Jessica N.M. Schechinger, Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam It is considered to be the task of ...
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Combatting Maritime Piracy: African Perspectives on an Emerging Threat

Henri Fouché, University of South Africa (UNISA) In 2014 the South African Journal Acta Criminologica (Southern African Journal of Criminology) ...
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Pirate Mania: Counter-Piracy and the Security-Development Nexus in Somalia

Brittany Gilmer, Florida International University Following the 2009 hijacking of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama and kidnapping of its captain, rethinking ...
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Strategies for Resolving Maritime Disputes: Privatization vs. Institutionalization

Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, University of Iowa and Stephen C. Nemeth, Oklahoma State University Finding ways to resolve maritime disputes and ...
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The Maritime Dimension of Conflict Prevention and Resolution: Lessons Learned from East Africa

Francois Vreÿ, Stellenbosch University, South Africa Africa’s maritime domain has steadily emerged as an important security landscape for Africans as ...
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What can Shippers do against Pirate Attacks? Insights from Situational Crime Prevention

By Jon. M. Shane and Shannon Magnuson, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City The shipping industry cannot ...
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Illegal Fishing and Organized Crime: A Threat to Maritime Security?

Don Liddick, Penn State-Fayette Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a significant transnational crime problem that costs developing nations ...
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Counter-Piracy Lite? The EU’s ‘Soft’ Maritime Security Drive in the Gulf of Guinea

By Brendan Flynn, National University of Ireland Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR) has unquestionably grabbed the limelight as the EU's most ...
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What Drives Maritime Piracy in Sub-Saharan Africa?

by Brandon Prins, University of Tennessee Southeast Asia once dominated the landscape of maritime piracy. From 1999 to 2004 Indonesia ...
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Pirate Ransom Negotiations: Resolving the Paradoxes of Extortionate Transactions with Somali Pirates

William A. Donohue (Michigan State University), Franziska Pugh (Michigan State University), Sharmaake Sabrie (Georgetown University) Somali pirates take a very ...
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Who Needs NATO to Fight Pirates? Why Europe Launched EU Counter-Piracy Mission Atalanta

By Marianne Riddervold, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo When the European Union (EU) launched EU NAVFOR Somalia ...
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A Two-Way Street: Organizing Intelligence Cooperation for the Maritime Transport Industry

By Hassan M. Eltaher Threats to the maritime industry include threats to ships/vessels, ports, port facilities, passenger terminals, national and ...
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Terror at Sea: Exploring Maritime Targeting by Terrorist Organizations

By Victor Asal and Justin V. Hastings Maritime terrorism is not a prominent research topic. Terrorist attacks against maritime targets ...
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Beyond Rivalry? EU–NATO Cooperation in Counter-Piracy Operations

By Simon J. Smith and Carmen Gebhard Counter-piracy operations and maritime engagement in the Gulf of Aden is a puzzling ...
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Power at Sea: Insights from a Naval Power Dataset, 1865-2011

Brian Benjamin Crisher and Mark Souva, Florida State University Naval power is a crucial element of state power, yet existing ...
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Facts, Figures, Trends: the Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database 2001-2010

By Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal The lack of reliable piracy data has been identified as one of the main obstacles to contemporary ...
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Launch of mailing list for Maritime Security Research

Christian Bueger & Jan Stockbruegger Maritime Security research is an increasingly important area of analysis and research. Research has seen ...
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Into the Blue: Rethinking Maritime Security

Insights from an ESRC sponsored Ideaslab on Maritime Security at Cardiff University, 26-27 June 2014 By Jan Stockbruegger and Christian ...
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Rising Powers in Maritime Security? Comparing the Strategies of Brazil and India

By Adriana Erthal Abdenur and Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto In the fluid, highly uncertain context of the post-Cold War ...
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Africa’s Maritime Domain: Can the Regional States Ensure a Stable Regime in the Indian Ocean Region?

by P.V. Rao The unstable and fragile political regimes of many of the African littoral countries in the Indian Ocean ...
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Technological Solutions to the Piracy Problem? Lessons Learned from Counter Piracy off the Horn of Africa

Christian Bueger & Anna Leander Insights from a CRIC Seminar supported by CBS Maritime, Copenhagen Business School, 26 May 2014 ...
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Enforcing the Law: An Economic Approach to Maritime Piracy and its Control

Paul Hallwood and Thomas J. Miceli University of Connecticut Modern day maritime piracy is a world-wide phenomenon that poses a ...
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The Third Annual International Maritime Security Conference ‘Future Challenges’

Global Directions, Merton College Oxford in Conjunction with the Royal Navy Hudson Trust Anja Shortland, Julia Amos and Sarah Percy ...
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Reclaiming the Maritime? The AU’s New Maritime Strategy

Jan Stockbruegger, Cardiff University In the past, the maritime domain has not featured prominently on the policy agenda of the ...
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In search for a mission? The EU’s regional training mission EUCAP Nestor

By Christian Bueger The European Union (EU) has been one of the driving actors of counter-piracy: EUNAVFOR Atalanta is one ...
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Third International Conference on Strategic Theory “Good order at sea off Eastern Africa: Beyond piracy”

(September 2013) A three day Conference, 18.9.-.20.9.2013, Dar es Salam, Tanzania. Revisiting maritime security along the east coast of Africa ...
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The Decline of Somali Piracy – Towards Long Term Solutions

By Christian Bueger The decade of large scale piracy off the coast of Somalia appears to be over. For almost ...
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Finding a Regional Solution to Piracy: Is the Djibouti Process the Answer?

by Christian Bueger & Mohanvir Singh Saran A significant component of the long term strategy to counter-piracy originating in Somalia is ...
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The Save Our Seafarers Campaign – More a Hindrance, than a Help?

By Christian Bueger Shipowners frequently wonder why the problem of piracy does not receive more political support and why not ...
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Special Issue on Piracy at Sea

By Dr. Samuel Pyeatt Menefee (Maury Fellow, Center for Oceans Law & Policy, University of Virginia and Adjunct Professor, World ...
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The EU’s Misguided Move to Fight Pirates Onshore

By James Bridger, Atlantic Council of Canada When confronting the crisis of Somali piracy, the preferred strategy of the international ...
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The EU and Somalia – Counter-Piracy and the Question of a Comprehensive Approach

By Dr Hans-Georg Ehrhart and Kerstin Petretto (Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Hamburg) Conflict ridden and failing states ...
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The Human Face of Piracy: Pakistan’s Response

By Christian Bueger Pakistan is one of the frontier countries in the fight against piracy. Piracy incidents have come closer ...
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Conference on The Human Face of Marine Piracy: Consequences and Policy Options

(March 2012) A three day Conference, 29.2.-.2.3.2012, Karachi, Pakistan. The conference focuses on the seafarers, which are the main victims ...
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Pirates and Insurgency: Reframing the Somali Piracy Problem

By Edward Lucas Somali piracy is typically viewed simply as criminal activity and thus is seen as requiring a law ...
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2011 Piracy Studies Workshop: Understanding Contemporary Maritime Piracy and the International Response

A one day research workshop, 30. September 2011, 9.30-17.30. Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, London, ...
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The Mogadishu Roadmap: towards a joint maritime security policy for Somalia?

By Jan Stockbruegger That piracy has to be fought onshore in Somalia has become a truism. Somalia needs stable governance ...
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Piracy Studies Research Workshop on “Contemporary Maritime Piracy and the International Response”

A one day research workshop on Interdisciplinary Challenges in Piracy Studies, 30.09.2011, London, UK. In September 2011 piracy-studies.org organized a ...
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The New Public Face of the Contact Group

By Christian Bueger The Contact Group goes public The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), the ...
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International Conference on Piracy at Sea

(forthcoming event, October 2011) The World Maritime University organizes the “International Conference on Piracy at Sea” (ICOPAS 2011) will be ...
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Pirates, terrorists and local politics: the professionalization of Somali piracy, next episode?

By Jan Stockbruegger Last year in March 2010 we published a blog titled “Gunmen, Fish and Puntland: the Professionalization of ...
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Maritime Piracy & Global Governance: New Perspectives on an Old Problem

(March 2011) Workshop at the International Studies Association Conference, March 15, 2011, Montreal, Canada, organized by Jon Carlson,Michael Struett and Donna ...
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Piracy and International Relations – The ISA conference

By Christian Bueger At this year’s conference of the International Studies Association an impressive number of more than 30 papers ...
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Is ATALANTA a Humanitarian Mission?

By Christian Bueger European politicians, diplomats and military persistently argue in public that the EU’s anti-piracy mission ATALANTA is a ...
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A reliable ally in the fight against piracy? Introducing Puntland

By Jan Stockbruegger There is a general agreement among academics, journalists and policy makers that piracy cannot be defeated at ...
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From criminals to conflict parties? The changing face of Somali piracy

By Jan Stockbruegger Pirates are considered to be criminals. They hijack ships for ransom and make a fortune. They do ...
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An International Piracy Tribunal? The forthcoming Security Council Resolution and the Further Legalization of Responses to Piracy

According to a recent Security Council Report Update Russia is sponsoring a new Security Council Resolution on Piracy of Somalia ...
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Pirates Strike Again

In the past weeks, the counter-piracy efforts off the coast of Somalia appeared to be finally paying off. In well ...
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Gunmen, Fish and Puntland: the Professionalization of Piracy?

By Jan Stockbruegger A new  "Report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia pursuant to Security Council resolution 1853" was published ...
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Somali Piracy and the International Response: Trends in 2009 and Prospects for 2010

By Jan Stockbruegger This first blog entry on Piracy-studies.org summarizes the state of affairs in the international community’s effort to ...
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