RUSI JournalVolume 156Issue 6members only

Pirates and Power Politics: Naval Presence and Grand Strategy in the Horn of Africa


Counter-piracy operations have proved to be a useful way for states to expand their influence in a strategically significant region.

Somali piracy is a direct threat to maritime security and commerce. It is also a theatre of international politics and great power competition. Involvement in counter-piracy for some states has been motivated as much by political signalling and wider security interests than it has by national and alliance commitment to solving the piracy problem. Counter-piracy operations have proved to be a useful way for states to expand their influence in a strategically significant

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