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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 2(7), pp. 158 163, August, 2014

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2014.036

 ISSN: 2360-784X


Interdisciplinary Approach and Hybrid Policy to Maritime Piracy

Nino Kereselidze

PhD Candidate, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom.
Acting Head of Maritime Division, Transport Policy Department, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. Contact: University of St Andrews, School of International Relations, Fife KY16 9AX, Scotland, United Kingdom, Tel: +44 (0) 1334 46 8307, E-mail:- nk39@st-andrews.ac.uk

Accepted 13 August 2014




Maritime piracy recurring over the last decades poses significant risk to human life, safety of shipping, and international security. Several disciplines, particularly International Relations, economics, legal studies, development studies, and gender studies seek to explain this form of transnational crime. As an empirical case study the paper aims to explore economic and social approaches that were taken into account when a maritime nation of Georgia tackled the issue of the Georgian and Turkish seafarers taken hostage in 2010 by the Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden/Horn of Africa (GOA/HOA) region. This is a unique case because similar to other maritime nations facing piracy, but unlike other maritime powers, response of the state, having no experience of dealing with piracy was successful. Although, the most tangible measures against piracy is considered the use of force in line with the realist tenets, this paper has found that because a single discipline is unable to comprehend the nature of modern piracy, interdisciplinary theoretical premises and a hybrid policy approach to maritime piracy can constitute significant solution for protection of ships, safeguarding the life at sea, compliance with the recommended measures and addressing the root causes.

Key words: Maritime piracy, seafarers, interdisciplinarity, hybrid policy, UN IMO, Georgia.








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