RUSI JournalVolume 156Issue 6members only

Somali Piracy: Why Should We Care?


How can the international community best deal with the single biggest maritime threat since the Second World War?

Somali piracy is the single biggest maritime threat since the Second World War, with consequences resonating far beyond Somali shores that have political, geostrategic, naval, economic and human security aspects. Martin N Murphy analyses each of these in turn, and argues that only a multi-layered approach, intertwining long-term political and economic incentives with a short-term clamp-down on pirate activities, can provide an effective and lasting solution.

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