The New Pirates

Andrew Palmer

  • “Terrorist Group” is a misnomer

    It is important to understand that the term “terrorist organization”, or “terrorist group” is a misnomer; terrorism is a tactic used by a group, which may have political or criminal objectives, or as in the case of the FARC, both. Such groups, once they have achieved their objectives, or abandoned their original aims, will abandon […]

  • The Misrule of Siyad Barre

    Siyad Barre reportedly said: “When I leave Somalia, I will leave behind buildings but not people.”[1] By the end of his period in control Somalia was marked by oppression, corruption on a grand scale and clan patronage. A man who had, at the start of his period in office, promised much and had performed some […]

  • The Predatory State

    Peter Lewis identified the nature of the predatory state in his 1996 article on Nigeria, “From Prebendalism to Predation” (P. M. Lewis 1996). Lewis says that after 1990 President Babangida, “concentrated political authority and economic discretion to an unprecedented degree in Nigeria, fostering the emergence of predatory rule.”[1] Citing Linz, Lewis referred to the nature of […]

  • The Re-emergence of Piracy in the 21st Century

    In the great sweep of history piracy is best understood if it is seen as a normal state of affairs at sea, and the relative peace of the past hundred and fifty years as an intermission. Relative is perhaps the operative word, the world has never been entirely free of piracy; a friend recalled to […]