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I am the Captain Now An Investigation of Somali Piracy

Williams, Kelsey LU (2014) HEKM50 20141
Human Ecology
Abstract
What is the thread that connects all the various actors and events that contributed to the rise of piracy in Somalia? The paper addresses the evolution of Somali piracy, focusing on its emergence, since it is that transformational aspect that provides the most richly insightful perspectives. Working from Thomas, Kiser, and Casebeer’s Warlords Rising: Confronting Violent Non-State Actors, an excellent foil for understanding how violent non-state actors (VNSAs) can arise into power in various situations and circumstances, connections are made to actual events and circumstances that contributed to a rise in piracy in Somalia. Among the various sources, another inspiration for linking events, actions, and actors is Violence at Sea: Piracy in... (More)
What is the thread that connects all the various actors and events that contributed to the rise of piracy in Somalia? The paper addresses the evolution of Somali piracy, focusing on its emergence, since it is that transformational aspect that provides the most richly insightful perspectives. Working from Thomas, Kiser, and Casebeer’s Warlords Rising: Confronting Violent Non-State Actors, an excellent foil for understanding how violent non-state actors (VNSAs) can arise into power in various situations and circumstances, connections are made to actual events and circumstances that contributed to a rise in piracy in Somalia. Among the various sources, another inspiration for linking events, actions, and actors is Violence at Sea: Piracy in the Age of Global Terrorism, with its thorough information on how piracy is actually carried out and on how the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea created opportunities for piracy to flourish in incapacitated states. The main ambition of the paper is to integrate the different understandings, since they are currently generated for different purposes, of these various aspects of Somali piracy, as well as to illuminate the factors that led to this phenomenon, in addition to exploring what we can learn from these explanations and outcomes. How various states have reacted, and whether, and how, or to what extent, those responses have different impacts on the evolution of Somali piracy, will be followed by proposals to address the contributing factors of Somali piracy. This will round off the discussion. (Less)
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author
Williams, Kelsey LU
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course
HEKM50 20141
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
human ecology, Somalia, piracy, Somali pirates, violent non-state actors, relational fields, social movements, violent social movements, Italian mafia, illegal fishing, toxic waste, illegal dumping
language
English
additional info
A varying version of this text has been published in the 2014 Spring/Summer issue of Geostrategic Maritime Review under the title "I am the Captain Now: The Rise of Somali Piracy."
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4447173
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  abstract     = {What is the thread that connects all the various actors and events that contributed to the rise of piracy in Somalia? The paper addresses the evolution of Somali piracy, focusing on its emergence, since it is that transformational aspect that provides the most richly insightful perspectives. Working from Thomas, Kiser, and Casebeer’s Warlords Rising: Confronting Violent Non-State Actors, an excellent foil for understanding how violent non-state actors (VNSAs) can arise into power in various situations and circumstances, connections are made to actual events and circumstances that contributed to a rise in piracy in Somalia. Among the various sources, another inspiration for linking events, actions, and actors is Violence at Sea: Piracy in the Age of Global Terrorism, with its thorough information on how piracy is actually carried out and on how the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea created opportunities for piracy to flourish in incapacitated states. The main ambition of the paper is to integrate the different understandings, since they are currently generated for different purposes, of these various aspects of Somali piracy, as well as to illuminate the factors that led to this phenomenon, in addition to exploring what we can learn from these explanations and outcomes. How various states have reacted, and whether, and how, or to what extent, those responses have different impacts on the evolution of Somali piracy, will be followed by proposals to address the contributing factors of Somali piracy. This will round off the discussion.},
  author       = {Williams, Kelsey},
  keyword      = {human ecology,Somalia,piracy,Somali pirates,violent non-state actors,relational fields,social movements,violent social movements,Italian mafia,illegal fishing,toxic waste,illegal dumping},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {I am the Captain Now An Investigation of Somali Piracy},
  year         = {2014},
}