The Gulf of Guinea: Maritime Piracy’s New Global Nerve Center

March 03, 2014

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea could dwarf everything the world has seen in Somalia. Maritime piracy off the coast of West Africa has replaced Somalia as the most prevalent region for a maritime attack. In fact, Nigeria alone saw a threefold increase from 2011 to 2012, according to the...

Understanding Somali Piracy on Land and Sea

July 29, 2013

The root causes of piracy must be understood and addressed if progress is to be lasting. By Awet Weldemichael and Abdisalam Hassan Since its explosion in 2007, piracy has become another reason for the negative news coverage Somalia has been receiving the past two decades. However, this year...

Somali Piracy: Is Taking the Fight to Land the Solution?

July 25, 2013

Piracy is not just a military issue but also a social, economic and political one. By Francesco Valdiserri Years of naval counter-piracy operations have so far failed to strategically defeat Somali pirates. The presence of more warships and armed guards on civilian ships has pushed pirates...