Combatting Piracy: Lessons From History

2012-05-03

This panel discussion on piracy took place at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) on the 3rd of May, 2012. The discussion was organized by UI together with the Centre for Maritime Studies at Stockholm University.

Below you will find information about the three experts on piracy who together with the former Commander of NATO's Counter Piracy task force off the coast of Somalia, Commodore Michiel Hijmans, discussed piracy in world history.

Professor Wolfgang Kaiser, Université Paris I (Panthéon Sorbonne) discusses the ambivalent attitudes of European powers towards ?Barbary? (North African) corsairing from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.

Dr David J. Starkey, Director of the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull, deals with the efforts of the British to eliminate piracy in the Caribbean during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Professor Robert Antony, University of Macau, speaks about how China suppressed piracy in the South China Sea in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

Commentator was Karl Sörenson, MA, Research Fellow, Swedish National Defence College & Royal Institute of Techonology, Stockholm. The seminar was moderated by Victoria Veres, journalist and acting Editor-in-chief of Internationella Studier.

This seminar was held in connection with the international conference Persistent Piracy: Historical Perspectives on Maritime Violence and State Formation, held at UI, 3-5 May 2012 and financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

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