Combating “maritime terrorism” off the coast of Somalia

Anja Shortland, Marc Vothknecht

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This paper evaluates the effectiveness of the international naval mission in the Gulf of Aden from 2008 to 2010, both in terms of its counter-piracy and its counter-terrorism objectives. We draw on arguments developed in the literature of terrorism and 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 deterred pirates from forming alliances with Islamist movements and may therefore made a major contribution to international security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S133 - S151
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • Law and economics


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