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More Than Just Pirates: Closing The Space For Somali Pirates Through A Comprehensive Approach

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This chapter offers some ideas in areas where action can be taken to close the space available for pirates. It recognises that ending piracy for good is likely to only be achievable with significant political changes in Somalia. But while such changes are awaited there are still measures that can be taken to make piracy a more difficult and a less attractive activity. The chapter begins with some brief observations on how piracy works in Somalia. It derives conclusion on the relative importance of piracy in the context of the multiple challenges facing Somalia; concluding that while this is an issue worthy of analysis and treatment it must also be seen in a broader context. The chapter provides ideas for reducing the space for piratical activity through naval, financial and political means and public relations. It concludes by offering some lessons learnt from the history of external interventions.

Keywords: naval forces; Somali pirates



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