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Why states are unable to defeat pirates - an actor perspective on the state's conflict with pirates

Sørensen, Jens Marquard LU (2009) STVM11 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
This thesis is investigating the conflict between the state and pirates in an actor perspective. It shows that the conflict contains both an indirect- and a direct conflict. The first is a military and juridical struggle where the state tries to defeat pirates. The latter is a competition on controlling the large values transported via sea. I conclude that the state has not defeated pirates because the state has lost both the direct- and indirect conflict to the pirates. This is because states - as organisations - are slow at adjusting to the situation, while the pirates’ use of a cartel structure, with no limits in territory and ideals, makes it a highly adaptive and agile opponent of the state.
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author
Sørensen, Jens Marquard LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM11 20091
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Pirates, states, violence-monopoly, international law, civil society, international relations, political science, non-state actort, violent organisations
language
English
id
1405282
date added to LUP
2009-06-23 09:25:41
date last changed
2009-06-23 09:25:41
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  abstract     = {This thesis is investigating the conflict between the state and pirates in an actor perspective. It shows that the conflict contains both an indirect- and a direct conflict. The first is a military and juridical struggle where the state tries to defeat pirates. The latter is a competition on controlling the large values transported via sea. I conclude that the state has not defeated pirates because the state has lost both the direct- and indirect conflict to the pirates. This is because states - as organisations - are slow at adjusting to the situation, while the pirates’ use of a cartel structure, with no limits in territory and ideals, makes it a highly adaptive and agile opponent of the state.},
  author       = {Sørensen, Jens Marquard},
  keyword      = {Pirates,states,violence-monopoly,international law,civil society,international relations,political science,non-state actort,violent organisations},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Why states are unable to defeat pirates - an actor perspective on the state's conflict with pirates},
  year         = {2009},
}