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  • Pirate Attack off Madagascar Is False Alarm; Threat Is Considered Real

    The southernmost pirate attack to date off the coast of East Africa was a false alarm but the threat of pirates extending their reach is more than palpable. With a […]

  • NATO and North Africa: Piracy Prevention and Prediction Conference

    Whilst piracy and armed robbery at sea is hardly a distinct problem for the Mediterranean (the IMB’s last recorded attack was off Corsica in 2008), the Mediterranean can be considered […]

  • Nigeria – Maritime Security, the Reality

    By: Stephen Phelps Introduction The surge in piracy against international shipping off the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean has focussed the attention of the World’s media, international bodies […]

  • Developing Alternatives to Piracy, the African Maritime Growth Initiative

    An interesting Foreign Affairs article: “Swapping Pirates for Commerce” , released on 4 October argues for a more holistic approach to African maritime security, with a drive for port development […]

  • Kenya: No More Pirate Prisoners

    Citing security concerns and a lack of promised international support, on 30 September Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs terminated the Memoranda of Understanding that outlined the prosecution of pirates in […]

  • EUNAVFOR Briefing 28/09/10

    In order to keep the shipping industry up to date with the ongoing EUNAVFOR mission off the coast of Somali, the latest anti-piracy briefing was recently held at the International […]

  • MSCs a viable alternative?

      By: Walter P. Verstrepen * “U.S. Admiral Mark Fitzgerald says commercial ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean should carry armed guards to help defend against Somali […]

  • Israeli use of force during the boarding of the Gaza Flotilla

      Report of the UN’s Human Rights Council. “Unnecessary, disproportionate, excessive and inappropriate”, or so says the UN Human Rights Council’s report on the Israeli boarding of the Gaza flotilla. […]

  • The ongoing saga of Somalia’s ailing and failing government.

    Somalia’s Prime Minister has resigned. Having ordered Prime Minister Sharmake to leave back in May, a smiling President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed thanked him for his ‘courageous decision’. As an […]

  • Dom Mee interview

    “Imagine you are at the wheel of a huge cargo vessel transiting the Gulf of Aden, peering past the running lights over the freighter’s bow. Pitch darkness ahead and all […]

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