The Pyrrhic Solution to Piracy
In his previous post, Matt asked readers for "less cynicism and more solutions" to the Somali pirate problem. I can't provide that, unfortunately, but John Robb at Global Guerillas has a thought-provoking post in which he provides a sort of cynical solution while dismissing the most commonly floated strategies. Here's what Robb concludes:
Here's the testimony (pdf) Robb references. It's worth reading the entire post linked above.
On another note, (via Robb) WPR's own David Axe, who has done more reporting from and about Somalia in recent years than anyone I know, points to a silver lining for the Somali people. Ironically, Axe says, Somali pirates have succeeded in defending the fishery off Somalia's coast from foreign commercial operations that were often operating in those waters illegally, which was one of the original aims of the earlier, more benign incarnations of current pirates.
Robb predicts we are going to see "again and again" such examples of remote groups successfully disrupting the global system and taking on the more powerful actors that make it up.
Related articles from WPR:
U.S. Navy Uses 'Smart Power' to Fight Piracy
Chinese Navy Becomes Global Security Player
Kenya Strikes Legal Blow Against Piracy
East Africa's Seat of Trade Feels Piracy Pinch
No Quick Solutions to Pirate Crisis
U.S. Navy Pioneers New 'Partnership Station' Security Strategy