Pirates, Then and Now

Boot, Max
July 2009
Foreign Affairs;Jul/Aug2009, Vol. 88 Issue 4, p94
The article presents a history of piracy and ways in which its threat has been reduced or eliminated. 17th and 18th century pirates and privateers operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and East Asia are discussed. Approaches to ending piracy included shifting official attitudes regarding the threat it posed, enforcing strict penalties, and increasing naval patrols of sea lanes. The author notes how few of the approaches used in the past to control piracy are in practice regarding the control and prevention of modern piracy and encourages an increase in the number of warships patrolling sea lanes and known problem areas such as the Horn of Africa.


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