Piracy in Australia’s Neighbors

Capacity-building in Melanesia will have a direct impact on Australian security.
By Nathan Page
Contemporary piracy conjures images of Somali pirates off the horn of Africa. Taking advantage of a region of fragility, these groups venture into international maritime trade routes well-armed in fast boats.
The issue of Somali piracy and the international response is widely covered. What is less covered is that in 2016 Southeast Asia had the second-highest incidence of piracy globally; the individual state with the highest incidence of piracy was Indonesia. This is a worrying trend as violent armed piracy grew in 2016, with 110 seafarers taken hostage and 49 held for ransom.
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Source: http://thediplomat.com/

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