Monday, August 24, 2009

Claiming Success from the Weather

Piracy was out of the news for while (until the Russian timber ship was hijacked), but as my colleague J. Peter Pham notes, let's not forget that piracy is a climate-driven enterprise. Attacks resume when the weather improves.

And piracy is increasingly a global criminal enterprise, not just a bunch of rag-tag fisherman. As he notes today over at Foreign Policy:
... modern piracy is a sophisticated enterprise; pirates have proven themselves to be highly adaptable. Turkish Rear Adm. Caner Bener, commander of CTF 151, acknowledged last month, "While our ability to deter and disrupt attacks has improved over time, we are constantly adapting the way we do our business as the pirates adapt and modify their tactics."

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