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.
|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...
|4/29/14||West Africa Information Sharing
In response to the continued challenges of piracy and armed robbery in West Africa, a number of initiatives have been developed both regionally and internationally. Among the most prominent initiatives are the International Information Sharing Centers that are currently...
|Infographic||Gregory Clough and Timothy Schommer|
|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 Paper||Jens 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 Paper||Jon 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 Paper||Jon 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 Paper||Noah D. Lombardo|
|9/16/16||The Power of Networks in Maritime Security
Understanding the Somali piracy crisis could make crossing the Mediterranean safer for refugees. Although the Mediterranean migration crisis is very different from maritime piracy, many of the same groups are impacted. The lessons of counter-piracy suggest that by...
|Working Paper||Jens Vestergaard Madsen and Conor Seyle|
|1/31/17||Addressing Maritime Insecurity in the Horn of Africa
Recent incidents involving vessels off the Horn of Africa do not reflect traditional forms of piracy, signaling an evolving threat to maritime security in the region that could lead to major maritime disruptions if an effective response is not developed. OBP highlights...
|7/1/10||Hybrid Tribunals to Combat Regional Maritime Piracy: Guiding the Rule of Law Through the Rocks and Shoals
Maritime piracy continues to afflict the modern world. Basing their operations in places like Somalia, modern pirates have been able to launch attacks on ships traveling some of the world’s most trafficked waterways. The international community has created an interim...
|Working Paper||Andrew Lee|
|9/1/10||Prosecuting Pirates and Upholding Human Rights Law: Taking Perspective
Incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia have increased in recent years, rising by 47% between 2005 and 2009. With a growing number of states involved in the determent and disruption of attacks, there is a need to outline their human rights obligations when engaging...
|Working Paper||Saorise de Bont|