In 2013 insular Southeast Asia was the region most prone to pirate attacks in the
world. Carolin Liss takes a close look at contemporary piracy in this region,
examines the nature of pirate attacks and identifies recent piracy trends and
hotspots. Has there been a shift or change in comparison to the last piracy boom
in this region between the 1990s and the mid-2000s? And what could be done to
ensure piracy does not worsen, to protect those targeted by attacks in the future
and guarantee the safety of the region’s primary maritime shipping routes?
Carolin Liss demonstrates that, unlike in waters such as the wider Gulf of Aden
area, there is no need for international warships or armed private security guards
on ships in Southeast Asia. Instead, it is important to work out tailored responses
to the specific types of attacks as well as adopt broader measures which address
the root causes of piracy.