Hintergründe, Gefahren und mögliche Gegenmaßnahmen
Kapitel 9.1: Geostrategische Herausforderungen der modernen Piraterie
Editorial abstract: Contemporary piracy is a complex phenomenon and substantial threat to global shipping lanes. Nevertheless, countering it may serve also more than just the obvious common interest of protecting commerce and the freedom of the seas. For various other reasons, seapowers are very likely to show force in the face of piracy threats. Somalia and the significant international presence off the Horn of Africa serve as a point in case: Purposes of internal and external propaganda, assertion and potentially the „staking of claims“ may come into play in attempting to explain the heightened presence of warships in international regions of maritime crisis. Furthermore, the spreading of crises through maritime insecurity – ‘spill-over-effects’ – are more than a regional threat. Geopolitical considerations thus go deeper than the traditional challenge of local, regional and global hegemony.
„Ich müsste keine Schifffahrt kennen,Krieg, Handel und Piraterie,dreieinig sind sie, nicht zu trennen.“1
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