Naval War College Review

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No one imagines that piracy today constitutes the kind of menace it once did in certain parts of the globe—not least in our own hemisphere, as we can learn from a recent popular film trilogy. But there can be little question that the dra- matic upsurge in pirate attacks on international commercial shipping in the wa- ters off Somalia in recent months has gotten the world’s attention, particularly because the problem has been so resistant to easy solution. Like the mythical Captain Jack Sparrow, Somali pirates have proven surprisingly competent.