Battling Piracy Around The World
May 5, 2009 A review of U.S. efforts to combat piracy on the high seas is nearing completion. Military options such as boosting surveillance and naval patrols are under consideration. But experts agree that the ultimate answer will require addressing political issues such as poverty and lawlessness.
May 6, 2009 To most of the world, Somalia could easily be renamed the Land of Pirates. Hijackings on the high seas have become routine off the coast of this East African nation. Known for their pragmatism, Somalis have taken to piracy because it's a multimillion-dollar industry that works.
May 7, 2009 Five years ago, piracy was the scourge of Southeast Asia, not Somalia. Back then, about 40 percent of reported sea attacks occurred in the Strait of Malacca. Now, those attacks have fallen off, due to greater regional cooperation and increased resources.
May 8, 2009 Piracy insurance premiums are about 10 times what they were a year and a half ago — due entirely to the increased threat off Somalia. And a small but increasing number of owners have decided it's time to fight the pirates: They're putting armed guards aboard their ships.
May 8, 2009 The Yemeni government is trying to portray itself as part of the solution to piracy in the Gulf of Aden region, but others say it might be part of the problem. Sympathy for the pirates runs deep, both among officials and civilians, while the country may be on its way to becoming a failed state like Somalia.