A wing and a prayer: negotiating with no training in Somalia

Barbe, Ted Michael (2012) A wing and a prayer: negotiating with no training in Somalia. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study focuses on hostage negotiations as a result of maritime piracy and the reason for it is Somali pirates. Somali pirates plunder in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, the East African coast and the Western Indian Ocean to attack ships and held people hostage. Piracy activities have immensely impacted international maritime traffic, international trade, international security and international aid to the region.
    Lack of literature on the issues of Somalia and its pirates consequently, indicates that there is a need for the current study. The literature available illustrates the prevalence of the problems as they present at sea, and yet, lacking analysis of how to solve the long history of this collapsed state. Furthermore, the need of hostage negotiation is imperative the fact that besides being kept on board their vessels, quite a number of hostages are kept in land, hence exposed daily to physical and psychological abuses, threatened by the continuous fighting and killings between gangs of pirates. The importance of trained negotiators is paramount in order to carry out successful negotiations without endangering the lives of hostages, hostage takers, the negotiators and other parties involved in the process. As of 2011, 1,206 hostages were held by Somali pirates and 35 died most while trying to escape during rescue.
    As part of the study, the researcher presents two case studies of two hostage negotiations successfully conducted with the pirates of Somalia in 2009. The negotiations for the two groups of hostages with two different groups of Somali pirates lasted for three and six months respectively. Despite the success in the two negotiations, this study compares the issues raised in the ACPO 2011, Briefing Paper entitled ‘The use of Negotiators by Incident Commanders’ about the importance of crisis negotiations with the two case studies.
    The study reveals the importance of training in the field of hostage negotiation and emphasises on the setting up of a national negotiation model for future Seychelles-pirate negotiations.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2013 09:05
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/10111

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