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One of international law’s oldest crimes, piracy surged in the Gulf of Aden in the early 2000s as a result of chaos and civil war in Somalia. A decade later, a similar spate of attacks plagued the Gulf of Guinea, targeting oil tankers and cargo ships. As pirates improve their ability to strike further out to sea, and as merchant vessels struggle with issues of security, insurance, and ransom payments, the international community has to protect shipping lanes and decide where to detain and prosecute pirates once they are captured.

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Readings: "Using Force on Land to Suppress Piracy at Sea," by Steven R. Obert

Although piracy in the Indian Ocean by Somali pirates is sharply down in the last year or two, threats remain and an increase in attacks is far from impossible.  After all, little has been done to disrupt the land-based organizational, logistical, and financial structures of  Somali piracy.  Nearly all anti-piracy use-of-force actions have taken place at sea, without direct repercussions for the pirates ashore.  Not all, however; on May 14, 2012, a helicopter gunship belonging to the European Union Naval Force attacked a Somali pirate base on land, destroying several fiberglass skiffs.


Giving David Cole the Final Word

Over at Just Security, David Cole rounds out our exchange on global international privacy rights. I'm going to let him have the final word here and merely link to his post as a reader service. As I think our two views are amply spelled out in the exchange, I'm going to resist the urge to respond further. Many thanks to Cole---and to Orin Kerr---for an illuminating discussion.

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