Lisa Otto, a researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, wrote an analysis dated 22 February 2012 for the Institute of Security Studies titled Kenya and the Pest of Piracy. The report investigates the effects of piracy on Kenya, including the costs at the local level. It also evaluates the counter-piracy efforts to date, considering specifically the contributions that Kenya has made.
The author concludes that what is needed on the part of Kenya is a clear appreciation of the costs of piracy to the country, the region and the world. It must make a determination to use its political, economic and geostrategic location to address the challenge of piracy.