What can the Obama Administration do to stop piracy in the Somali coast especially after the rescue of Captain Phillips? 7 ways have been proposed:
- Live with piracy as an unavoidable nuisance.
- Prevent or deter piracy with naval patrols and convoys.
- Arm the cargo ships.
- Take the war to the pirate lairs on shore.
- Attack the “commanding heights” of piracy by going after the financiers, not the pirates.
- Stop paying ransom.
- Back a government in Somalia that will eliminate piracy as a matter of on-shore law enforcement.
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Piracy is becoming an increasingly serious problem in many of the world’s oceans and seas. Recent high-profile attacks on cargo ships and tankers have drawn the attention of large governmental organizations and those in private industry. This 53-page report published by the RAND Corporation in June 2008 takes a close look at the maritime dimensions of international security, with a special emphasis on the challenges it presents for the United States. Authored by RAND researcher Peter Chalk, the report looks at the current state of affairs in maritime security, and also makes a broad set of recommendations designed to improve maritime security across the globe. Not surprisingly, the report also takes a close look at the potential links between terrorism and piracy. The report is rounded out by a set of policy recommendations and an appendix which lists high-profile maritime terrorist incidents from 1961 to 2004.
[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 14, Number 47, November 26, 2008]