Political and public interest in international piracy peaked between 2009 and 2012 as Somali pirates wrestled with the international naval community for control of the sea lines of communication passing through waters off the Horn of Africa. A confluence of pressures, including naval action at sea and ashore, wider international activities ashore, and (arguably) the presence of armed security at sea on some ships, brought a halt to the piracy issue off Somalia.
However, it was always unlikely that the piracy issue would go away completely; the piracy risk endures around the world, as there remains a need to address its causes as as well as its consequences. In modern times, the issue emerged in the Asia-Pacific region, and today it remains a problem there. Moreover, the Gulf of Guinea endures as a region of international concern.
The reasons why piracy exists and the forms in which it manifests itself differ from region to region around the world. With piracy remaining a concern for political leaders, armed forces, the commercial sector, international organizations, and analysts alike, this timely webinar will examine new developments, assess key themes, and consider potential solutions to the piracy problem. Specifically, IHS experts will cover:
• Piracy incidents and trends in the Asia-Pacific region
• Piracy and wider maritime security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea
• Trends and issues in the commercial shipping sector
Speakers include: Ridzwan Rahmat, IHS Jane's Asia-Pacific Naval Reporter; Devlin McStay, Data Analyst, IHS Maritime & Trade; Martin Roberts, Senior Analyst, Africa, IHS Markit Country Risk; and Dr Lee Willett, Editor of IHS Jane's Navy International
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