Dealing With Piracy in Asia

Dealing With Piracy in Asia Requires Clear Data

By Robert Farley

Piracy continues to be a problem in the maritime spaces of Southeast Asia, as well as elsewhere in the world. Although the amount of work available on piracy has increased substantially over the last decade, good research on piracy has long been limited by access to good data.

The issues are common to statistical issues associated with criminal incidents, or cyber-attacks. Reported incidents of piracy represent only a portion of the total attacks, as shipping companies remain reluctant to openly report successful attacks. Definitional issues (“piracy” vs. “armed robbery at sea”) hound data evaluation, with different authorities coding specific events differently.

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