Event Title

Piracy in Perspective: the Somalia Context

Major

Geography

Faculty Mentor

Amy R. Sumpter

Abstract

Piracy, is recent years, has become synonymous with Somalia. However little attention is paid to the unique circumstances surrounding this phenomena, or the sociopolitical atmosphere in Somalia that allowed for such an enterprise to arise in the first place. Using information collected from government documents, news articles, journalistic reports, and scholarly texts, the sociopolitical climate of Somalia is examined in the context of piracy, providing a more comprehensive perspective on the situation off the Horn of Africa. A GIS spatial analysis was also conducted to evaluate the distribution of piracy incidences within the Somali coastline, and detect any preponderant trends in Somali piracy within the last ten years.

Session Name:

A Brief History of War

Start Date

10-4-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

10-4-2015 3:30 PM

Location

HSB 211

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Piracy in Perspective: the Somalia Context

HSB 211

Piracy, is recent years, has become synonymous with Somalia. However little attention is paid to the unique circumstances surrounding this phenomena, or the sociopolitical atmosphere in Somalia that allowed for such an enterprise to arise in the first place. Using information collected from government documents, news articles, journalistic reports, and scholarly texts, the sociopolitical climate of Somalia is examined in the context of piracy, providing a more comprehensive perspective on the situation off the Horn of Africa. A GIS spatial analysis was also conducted to evaluate the distribution of piracy incidences within the Somali coastline, and detect any preponderant trends in Somali piracy within the last ten years.