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Nov 24

Pirates of the Gulf of Aden: How Piracy Plunders Maritime Security

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Recent seizures of commercial vessels by Somali pirates have heightened awareness of these boldest of modern-day pirates, engaging in violence, kidnapping, and extortion on the high seas.  And operating with seeming impunity, these pirates do not have to stop there.  The success of their criminal enterprise invites their intrusion into less-than-legal ventures from arms and human trafficking to drug transport and money laundering.  These acts are a reminder that sea-based criminal enterprises not only still exist, but also have tremendous implications on politics, tourist safety, military strategy, and the international supply chain. 

Join us as we explore this threat, discuss its origins and impact on local, regional and international politics, and examine solutions that will further the security of the maritime domain.   

More About the Speakers

Dr. Martin Murphy
Senior Fellow,
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
and Associate Fellow,
Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies,
King's College London

Charlie Dragonette
Senior Civil Maritime Operations Analyst,
Operational Intelligence Center,
Office of Naval Intelligence

Dr. Dominick Donald
Chief Analyst and Vice President,
Aegis Defense Services, LLC

Dr. J. Peter Pham
Director,
The Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs,
James Madison University
and Senior Fellow,
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD)

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Jena Baker McNeill Jena Baker McNeill

Policy Analyst, Homeland Security Read More