Current Efforts to Counter Piracy in Somalia and the Gulf of Aden

Robin Geiß and Anna Petrig

in Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199609529
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729751 | DOI:
Current Efforts to Counter Piracy in Somalia and the Gulf of Aden

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Part 1 brings into focus the current situation in the Gulf of Aden. It considers the regional development of piracy and armed robbery at sea since 2008, the situation in Somalia, and the various multinational enforcement operations deployed to the area as well as international coordination mechanisms. The problem of piracy persists in the Gulf of Aden and increasingly spreads into the Indian Ocean. Although the various international maritime operations have been rather successful in discouraging piracy and armed robbery at sea off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden, the number of piracy incidents in the wider region remains high. Thus, it seems safe to conclude that the maritime deployments in the Gulf of Aden have been effective in the immediate reduction of successful pirate attacks in their specific operative region and that the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor is an effective mechanism for ensuring unimpeded transit through the Gulf of Aden.

Keywords: piracy; armed robbery; Gulf of Aden; Somalia; law enforcement; international maritime operations; Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor

Chapter.  14099 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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