International Security

Piracy is on the rise, and coronavirus could make it worse

Hostages and pirates stand with their hands up before the intervention of Dutch NATO soldiers off Somalia's coast in this NATO handout photo made available April 18, 2009. Dutch commandos freed 20 Yemeni hostages on Saturday and briefly detained seven pirates who had forced the Yemenis to sail a "mother ship" attacking vessels in the Gulf of Aden, NATO officials said.

2020 has seen a 24% increase in pirate attacks and coronavirus could cause sn increase, as countries are crippled by the pandemic Image: REUTERS/NATO/Handout

Brandon Prins
Professor of Political Science & Global Security, University of Tennessee
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The annual evolution of annual piracy incidents Image: IMB Piracy Reporting Centre and Maritime Piracy Event and Location Data Project
In a photo from 2012, masked Somali pirate Hassan stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on a Somali shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew.
A masked Somali pirate Image: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh
Overall piracy drops, but some places remain dangerous
Piracy in the Americas and off the coast of West Africa Image: IMB Piracy Reporting Centre
A potential uptick in piracy for 2020
How piracy numbers are sizing up for 2020 Image: IMB Piracy Reporting Centre
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