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The End of Grand StrategyUS Maritime Operations in the Twenty-First Century$
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Simon Reich and Peter Dombrowski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714627

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714627.001.0001

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Pirates, Terrorists, and Formal Sponsorship

Pirates, Terrorists, and Formal Sponsorship

(p.85) Chapter 5 Pirates, Terrorists, and Formal Sponsorship
The End of Grand Strategy

Simon Reich

Peter Dombrowski

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the US strategy of formal sponsorship in the multilateral anti-piracy campaign off the Somalian coast and in the Gulf of the Aden. It begins with a famous vignette – the rescue of Captain Phillips from pirates depicted in the movie of the same name. The objective of the chapter is to describe and explain why successive American presidents have pursued a bipartisan policy of supporting multilateral naval operations in the region without assuming a leadership position. It discusses the American operational role in the provision of communications platforms, logistics and patrolling vessels – and the US’ contribution to a very successful campaign on the high seas with a variety of EU, NATO and “independent” partners.

Keywords:   Piracy, (Formal) Sponsorship, Somalia, Gulf of Aden, European Union (EUNAVFOR), NATO, Combined Maritime Forces, UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions 1816, 1838, 1846, and 1851, Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), 2005 National Strategy for Maritime Security, Operation Atalanta, Common Operating Picture

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