International Security

West Africa is becoming the world’s piracy capital. Here’s how to tackle the problem

Suspected Somali pirates raise their hands in their skiff during their arrest by Marines from NATO's Portuguese frigate Corte-Real in the Gulf of Aden June 22, 2009. Eight Somali pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s were caught in a high-speed chase by the NATO alliance's Portuguese warship Corte-Real after they tried to attack a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden. Picture taken June 22, 2009. REUTERS/NATO/Carlos Dias/Handout (GULF OF ADEN CONFLICT CRIME LAW POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - GM1E56N1GSY01

Piracy primarily affects three regions of the world: Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America Image: REUTERS/NATO/Carlos Dias

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