Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/49448
Authors: 
Shortland, Anja
Vothknecht, Marc
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 1079
Abstract: 
This paper evaluates the effectiveness of the international naval mission in the Gulf of Aden from 2008-2010, both in terms of its counter-piracy and its counter-terrorism objectives. We draw on arguments developed in the literature of law and economics, detailed statistical analyses and a large number of in depth interviews. Counter-piracy operations are a qualified success: their main effects are the stabilisation of attacks at a high level and the substitution between the relatively well protected transit corridor in the Gulf of Aden and the open sea. However, the counter-piracy measures appear to deter pirates from forming alliances with Islamist movements and may therefore make a major contribution to international security.
Subjects: 
Piracy
Somalia
counter-terrorism
law and economics
deterrence
naval intervention
JEL: 
K42
O17
F19
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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