Research & Analysis

Prosecuting pirates
By Jon Belish on June 15, 2015

This chapter was published as part of the book Prosecuting Maritime Piracy, editors Michael P. Scharf, Michael Newton, and Milena Sterio (Cambridge University Press). The book addresses distinctive issues that arise during the course of domestic maritime piracy prosecutions.


Maritime Piracy 2014
By Matthew R. Walje, Kellie Brandt, Peter Kerins, Megan Matthews, Tyler Maybee on June 10, 2015

This report is the fifth in a series by Oceans Beyond Piracy with support from OEF Research.These reports annually seek to assess the cost of maritime piracy - both economic and human - to the international community. Somali piracy off the Horn of Africa is one area of focus; following is piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. New this year is an analysis of the human cost of piracy in Southeast Asia.


Social evolution
By Peter D. Taylor on April 29, 2015

The persistence of altruism and spite remains an enduring problem of social evolution. It is well known that selection for these actions depends on the structure of the population—that is, on actors' genetic relationships to recipients and to the ‘neighbourhood’ impacted by their actions. Less appreciated, however, is that population structure can cause genetic asymmetries between partners whereby the relatedness (defined relative to the neighbourhood) of an individual i to a partner j will differ from the relatedness of j to i.


on April 6, 2015

OBP explores the the circumstances surrounding the seizure and detention of two Iranian-owned fishing vessels captured near Hobyo on 21 March 2015. 


Business Ecosystem in Somalia
By Victor Odundo Owuor on March 4, 2015

Business associations can be an effective tool for facilitating good governance, but are an often incorrectly understood concept even by individuals close to the institutions.  This paper introduces the potential benefit in the formation of business associations  and provides a discussion about the challenges to business associations in post-conflict scenarios and the experience of regional African countries in the formation of these institutions.


Renewable Energy In Somalia
By Jami Nelson Nuñez on March 4, 2015

This report describes the evolving landscape of energy in the country and outlines the burden of limited electricity services and extremely high tariffs on households, businesses, and the environment.


on February 27, 2015

OBP welcomes the news of the release of the remaining four Thai crew members of the FV Prantalay 12 on 25 February 2015, 1,774 days after being taken hostage by pirates off the coast of Somalia.


on January 22, 2015

In response to the continued challenges of piracy in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean, a number of initiatives have been developed both regionally and internationally. Among the most prominent initiatives are the International Information Sharing Centers that are currently operating or are planned for the region. The featured chart gives an overview of the proposed and operating Information Sharing Centers in East Africa.  


Private Sector and Business role in atrocity crimes
By One Earth Future on December 19, 2014

This policy brief is based on “The Role of Business in the Responsibility to Protect,” a chapter which appeared in The Responsibility to Protect and the Third Pillar: Legitimacy and Operationalization. This chapter, by Conor Seyle and Eamon Aloyo, reviewed existing research on the Responsibility to Protect and the role of business in security and conflict to argue that there is a concrete role for private-sector actors to contribute to the “timely and decisive response” to violations of the Responsibility to Protect that characterized “Third-Pillar” responses.


By Jens Vestergaard Madsen on December 11, 2014

Introdoctory brochure of the CGPCS Technical Subgroup on Maritime Situational Awareness in the Western Indian Ocean.  Analysis of future information sharing requirements in the maritime domain of the Western Indian Ocean.


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