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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9/29/17
Coastal State Embarked Personnel

This issue paper explores the model of coastal state embarked personnel in different regions around the world.

1/29/16
Ian Urbina of the New York Times Follows Up on Murder at Sea

Ian Urbina of the New York Times has just released a story that provides further analysis on the victims that appear in the "Murder at Sea" video featured in his...

10/18/17
State Affiliated Escorts

This issue paper explores the use of escorts by a state military asset as a model of contracted maritime security.

3/9/16
Gulf of Guinea 2016 Trends

OBP is concerned about changes in Pirate Activity in the Gulf of Guinea:

  • Kidnapping.  Kidnap for Ransom against merchant vessels has significantly increased in areas off of the Niger Delta: at least 16 of the kidnapping...
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6/21/16
New Report Explores Piracy’s Long-Term Impact on Seafarers

More than 3,000 seafarers have been held hostage by Somali pirates since 2001, with a significant, but unknown, number of seafarers kidnapped in other parts of the world. These seafarers, and their families, have faced fear and uncertainty, and in some cases, direct...

ReportConor Seyle
4/29/13
Burden-sharing Multi-level Governance: A Study of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

The CGPCS was developed as a multifaceted response to the spike in maritime crime near the Horn of Africa and the UN Security Council’s call in late 2008 for a coordinated response. The CGPCS is a novel global governance mechanism, as it lacks terms of reference or a...

ReportDanielle Zach, Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen
9/3/15
Somali Prison Survey Report: Piracy Motivations & Deterrents - FULL REPORT

The joint survey of UNODC and OBP finds that:

• Poor economic conditions were reported as the major reason for engaging in piracy, and long-term solutions to piracy should address this.

• Prisoners report being very impacted by prison, and express a strong...

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5/17/17
OEF's Stable Seas Report Shows Maritime Security About More Than Piracy

Many forms of criminal networks, including illegal fishing, black markets, piracy, and human trafficking, have taken advantage of the strategic location of Somali waters and poor governance capacity of the Somali region. These networks constantly seek new ways to profit...

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5/13/14
Prosecuting Pirates: Lessons Learned and Continuing Challenges

Since 2005, there has been growing consensus and frequently recurring calls in the international community for the leaders, financiers, and land-based facilitators of modern maritime piracy to be prosecuted. There is broad recognition (at least in concept and rhetoric)...

ReportKenneth Scott
9/11/14
Violence in Incidents of Maritime Crime

Though the overall number of incidents may be down in some regions, according to IMO data, the percentage of incidents involving violence against the crew appears to be increasing.

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