Daniele Atzori

The Pirates of the Horn of Africa

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Keywords: Maritime Piracy, Horn of Africa

Aim of this article is the analysis of the phenomenon of contemporary maritime piracy in the Horn of Africa, in order to criticise the hypothesis according to which pirates can be simply conceptualised as criminals, who thrive because of the presence of a «failed State». It will be here argued that pirates are actually engaged in building embryonic forms of State. Thus, the problem of piracy needs to be addressed in its historical, economic, social and moral complexity.

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