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Somalia versus Captain ‘Hook’: assessing the EU's security actorness in countering piracy off the Horn of Africa

Zwolski, Kamil and Kaunert, Christian (2012) Somalia versus Captain ‘Hook’: assessing the EU's security actorness in countering piracy off the Horn of Africa Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27, (3), pp. 593-612. (doi:10.1080/09557571.2012.678295).

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An internal security problem of Somalia — state failure from internal conflict resulting in increased piracy — has increasingly become an external security problem for the European Union (EU). This article contributes to analysing the role of the EU as a security actor in countering piracy off the Horn of Africa, by examining three different dimensions of the EU response to this problem: (a) the immediate EU response (the EU military mission EUNAVFOR Atalanta); (b) the medium-term EU response (the Critical Maritime Routes (CMR) programme launched by the European Commission); and (c) the long-term EU response (development and security assistance). This article concludes that the EU has been very active in addressing piracy through its naval task-force to protect maritime transport in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, as well as its efforts to enhance regional counter-piracy capacities and thematic and geographical financial instruments. The EU thus has taken up the fight against ‘Captain Hook’.

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Published date: 19 October 2012
Organisations: Politics & International Relations


Local EPrints ID: 344690
ISSN: 0955-7571
PURE UUID: bcf2de6b-51d7-48d2-b920-7efdb5b2d1dc

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Date deposited: 02 Nov 2012 16:22
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:14

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Author: Kamil Zwolski
Author: Christian Kaunert

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