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A Reasonable Response

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In General
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On April 12, 2015
It’s hard to see how this goes bad: Kenya has given the United Nations three months to remove a camp housing more than half a million Somali refugees, as part of a get-tough response to the killing of 148 people by Somali gunmen at a Kenyan university. Kenya has in the past accused Islamist militants […]

The Jedi Principle

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In Robert Farley
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On July 15, 2010
The Jedi Principle runs so: If you need the Jedi in order to make your project work, don’t start. The Jedi Principle comes to mind in the context of  defenses of US support for the 2006 Ethiopian invasion of Somalia*. Eli Lake and others have made the argument that the invasion could have worked if […]

Degree of Difficulty

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On August 10, 2009

This dude’s job kind of sucks. If you think you face an uphill challenge at work today, spare a thought for Farah Ahmed Omar, the man in charge of Somalia’s navy. He has neither boats nor

The Piracy-Terror Nexus Revisited

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On April 17, 2009
I’m not sure that I’d draw any conclusions from what’s actually a pretty small sample, but Galrahn nevertheless touches on a question that nags at the edge of the piracy debate: If terrorists organization haven’t yet taken advantage of the opportunities that maritime piracy seems to offer, why not? I can think of a few […]

Identify the Fallacy…

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On March 6, 2009

These are not the variables you’re looking for: Those who argue that violent justice cannot solve this problem ignore several thousand years of history that suggests otherwise. It is absolutely

That Sounds Like a Terrible Idea

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On November 25, 2008
The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners thinks that a blockade of Somali ports would be more effective against pirates than shipping escort. The European Community Shipowners Association thinks that air and cruise missile attacks on pirate bases would be even more effective. And the Russians, apparently, believe that direct land-based attacks on pirate strongholds […]

More Piracy…

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On November 21, 2008

I have another piece on piracy up at Comment is Free. And while we’re on the subject, recall that David Axe is heading to Somalia in order to interact with actual pirates; he could use some dona

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