Somali piracy: background

Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies who has recently visited Somali - Renat Bekkin.

1978 - Born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg)
1999 - Graduates, Moscow State University of International Relations
2000 - Master of law, Moscow State University of International Relations
2000 - Lawyer, Association of Lawyers and Journalists, St. Petersburg
2001 - Lecturer in Russian civil law, Moscow State University of International Relations
2002 - Member, Editorial board, problems of modern economy journal, St. Petersburg
2003 - Receives PhD in law
2003 - Lecturer, Moscow State University of International relatIons
2004 - Director, Islamic insurance division, Itil insurance company
2004 - Takes part in research seminar, Islam and the law in Russia, Organised by Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences
2007 - Receives Mardjani foundation grant in Islamic research
2007 - Senior research fellow, Institute of African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

Today we talk about piracy. The Somali outlaws attacking merchant vessels in the strategic waters of The Gulf of Aden have become a threat to world trade. Until now military action against the pirates has been focused on naval measures, which haven’t worked. So, what can be done to solve the problem? Is a military operation on the Somali shore possible? We’ll talk about the options with Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies - Renat Bekkin.