Areas of Risk

  • More Than Force

    Thomas Ernst from EUNAVFOR believes that pirates operating off the Somali coast will not be defeated by force alone. “It is arguable how much of a deterrent effect counter-piracy forces are […]

  • Dialogue Closes

    The 7th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) “Manama Dialogue” has come to a close after two and a half days of high-level interaction and with the summit providing a platform for exchanging ideas […]

  • Attack Report

    Pirates are believed to have captured a Bangladeshi-flagged vessel in the Arabian Sea off the coast of India after it was chased and attacked on Sunday, Bangladesh’s shipping department chief […]

  • Preparing to deploy

    Seeking Support

    Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga  is seeking a meeting early next year to ask international actors to pull their weight in prosecuting Somali pirates arrested in the Gulf of Aden and Indian […]

  • Helicopter Rescue

    The US Navy destroyer “USS Shoup” came to the assistance of a Turkish ship, “MV 26 Agustos” after the vessel reported that pirates were on board and that the crew took […]

  • Anglo-American Support for Somali Coast Guard, Strategic Pragmatism or Problem?

    With the potential support of a privately-trained maritime force, are the US and UK manoeuvring towards a more pragmatic approach to the piracy problem in Somalia? On Tuesday 23 November […]

  • Skulls and Crossroads

    Skulls and Crossroads by Simon Jones As the 20ft Skiffs raced towards the Panamanian flagged Bulker, the occupants, dressed in a ragged mix of clothing, combat trousers, t-shirts, some with […]

  • Turbulent Times in West African Waters: 5 killed, 19 rescued.

    On Wednesday 17 November, gunmen opened fire on a vessel transporting security personnel to an oil platform in Cameroon waters and killed five people, – ‘Gunmen off Cameroon in Deadly […]

  • Somalia Onshore: Where next for the transitional government, al-Shabab and the pirate industry?

    Somalia Onshore Where next for the transitional government, al-Shabab and the pirate industry? by Natznet Tesfay Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) increasingly relies on outside support for its survival, which […]

  • African Union Can Remove Pirates Says Uganda

    In the AFP article “Send troops not navies to Somalia, says Uganda” James Mugume, permanent secretary at Uganda’s foreign ministry commented that the international counter-piracy missions offshore were “a good […]