Ransom on the High Seas

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Ransom on the High Seas: The case of Piracy in Somalia

The pirates in the coast of Somalia came to activity at the start of 2003. The main reason that provoked local Somalis to start attacking foreign cargo ships was the civil war that broke out in 1991. The Somali Civil War leads to an unstable government that lacked on authority, leadership and control to stop the rising attacks between local groups. From there, Somalia went on downhill; its population decreased over two thirds from 1991 to 2011 and by 2008, the United Nations estimated that nearly 3.2 million Somalis were dependent on food aid for survival. These pirates had nothing to live fro before attacking the ships.

They started hijacking the ships in look of money and
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As we can see this is clearly not the best option for ISC to take, as there are not any advantages at all from it. Another factor that we have to take into consideration if the negotiation is not carried out is the mere fact that ISC does not have any insurance against pirates on the ship that has been captured, placing them in a very delicate situation.

Another possible idea that Martin had was to negotiate using the force. As I have just mentioned before, dealing with pirates is a very delicate situation and any drastic move can lead to the death of the hostages. If the negotiation does not go as well as ISC would like to, they could apply the force from different sources (military, government or private) and solve this problem. Nevertheless, if this plan does not work out to perfection, the pirates will discover this threat and kill the hostages as a message to future negotiations (you have to remember they have nothing to loose whilst you have millions of dollars in hands).

In addition, Martin’s third option involved the U.S. Navy Ship that was fast approaching Odyssey (ISC ship captured by the pirates) to rescue the three American crewmembers that were held hostage. The highly trained…

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