OBP Reports and Analysis

OBP strives to produce objective, well-researched studies on a number of topics related to piracy and maritime security. Below you will find our body of work.

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7/1/13
Evolution of Piracy: Historical Piracy

Piracy has plagued the seas for at least 40 centuries, and been a thorn in the side of nearly every sea going civilization. Pirates have plied their trade as common thieves, instruments of war, or as civilizations in their own right. Most states throughout history have...

InfographicMatt Walje
1/22/15
East Africa Information Sharing

In response to the continued challenges of piracy in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean, a number of initiatives have been developed both regionally and internationally. Among the most prominent initiatives are the International Information Sharing Centers that are...

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8/1/10
Piracy Ransoms- Conflicting Perspectives

This paper presents both sides of the debate over whether States should allow payment of ransoms to pirates. United States Executive Order 13536 and other recent national and international legislation have brought increased awareness to this issue. This paper does not...

Working PaperCharles Marts
1/1/12
The Penalties for Piracy

The prosecution of Somali pirates has gone global. Today, ten nations on four continents have convicted Somalis who were involved in the epidemic of piracy and armed robbery at sea which began in 2008, and at least six other nations have cases pending. Any nation can...

Working PaperEugene Kontorovich
8/1/11
Borrowing from Civil Aviation Security: Does International Law Governing Airline Hijacking Offer Solutions to the Modern Maritime Piracy Epidemic of the Coast of Somalia?

Maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia continues to spiral into an increasingly threatening international crisis, with attacks in the Gulf of Aden increasing during the first half of 2011. While more states have been prosecuting pirates in their national courts during...

Working PaperRichard L. Kilpatrick Jr.
5/1/10
Equipment Articles for the Prosecution of Maritime Piracy

Somali pirates astound because their skiff-mounted attacks on state-of-the-art supertankers repeatedly yield multimillion dollar ransoms, and because they can basically count on getting away with it. Why? Because the legal framework that governs the high seas contains...

Working PaperEugene Kontorovich
4/4/13
Towards a Regional Solution to Somali Piracy: Challenges and Opportunities

Piracy has topped the international agenda since 2008, when Somali piracy resurfaced as a major threat to global shipping, humanitarian aid delivery, and the well-being of seafarers. The international community responded to this threat with crisis response operations in...

Working PaperJens Vestergaard Madsen and Liza Kane-Hartnett
9/10/13
The Cost of Piracy: Moving from Mitigation to Investment

Both the human and economic costs of piracy off the coast of Somalia have been reduced, at high expense, through the use of armed guards and continued adherence to Best Management Practices (BMP) by industry, more aggressive actions by navies, and positive developments...

Working PaperJon Huggins
9/5/13
Somali Piracy - Are we at the End Game?

Recognizing the decrease in pirate attacks, this paper evaluates the current status of counter-piracy initiatives and attempts to answer the question, have we reached the End Game?

Working PaperJon Huggins and Liza Kane-Hartnett
11/21/14
Underreporting of Crimes at Sea: Reasons, Consequences, and Potential Solutions

The increase in global maritime piracy, particularly in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden and in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa, has developed into a serious threat to maritime shipping, demanding the attention of international organizations and states around...

Working PaperNoah D. Lombardo

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