The rationale for Operation Atalanta: explaining selective inter-state cooperation in a joint security operation

Erinkveld, Bob (2014) The rationale for Operation Atalanta: explaining selective inter-state cooperation in a joint security operation.

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Abstract:In December 2008 the European Union launched a counter-piracy operation to curb Somali piracy practices that are chiefly conducted in the Gulf of Aden. Not all EU member states were operationally involved: rather, their contributions were entirely voluntary. This paper reviews to what extent states are driven by national interests. These are defined and operationalized as economic costs (vessel transit frequency through the Gulf of Aden) and human costs (transgressions of human security, e.g. kidnapping, killings). Although participating states altogether definitely have much more at stake than non-participating states, their participation was not entirely commensurate their losses. It was found, furthermore, that states often react to other states’ decisions (i.e. deployments), thus not only taking – to a limited extent – national interests into account, but the strategic environment as well.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65153
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