07 January 2019

New article: Key developments of importance for Somali piracy

In a new article, "Poly-criminal Pirates and Ballooning Effects: Implications for International Counter-piracy" published in Global Policy, Senior Researcher Katja Lindskov Jacobsen (Centre for Military Studies) analyse key developments of importance for Somali piracy since 2013.

Poly criminality and Somali piracy
The levels of Somali piracy are historically low. However, continued focus on on-shore challenges is still necessary. On the basis of an analysis of key developments of importance for Somali piracy since 2013, including the phenomenon 'poly criminality'. the article offers a discussion of what this alternative conception means for external actors' counter-piracy engagements, with particular attention to the risk of creating 'balloon effects' when addressing a challenge of this kind (poly-criminals) through too narrowly defined counter-piracy lenses, mandates and programmes.

Read the full article here.