Past eventUnder 35s Forum

The Growth of Somali Piracy

17 February 2009 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Chatham House, London


Roger Middleton, Consultant Researcher, Africa Programme, Chatham House; author, Chatham House Briefing Paper, Piracy in Somalia: Threatening Global Trade, Feeding Local Wars
Discussant: Colin Freeman, Chief Foreign Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph
Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Manager, Africa Programme, Chatham House



The speaker will explain the massive rise in piracy off the Somali coast in the last year, why over 100 ships have been attacked and thousands of sailors taken captive in what is now the most dangerous stretch of ocean in the world. He will analyse the successes and failures of the international response that has seen many nations, including the UK, send warships to Somalia. He will explain how at the root of this issue lies the collapse of the Somali state and over a decade of failed international engagement. The speaker will show how this problem affects Somalia, Africa and the world.

This meeting is an opportunity for Under 35 members to ask questions in an open roundtable format. There will be a reception beforehand from 18.30-19.00.

Spaces are limited and unfortunately no guests are permitted on this occasion.

Read the paper