Naval War College Review

Article Title

Maritime Piracy


Edward Lucas


The resurgence of maritime piracy has generated a renewed interest in the subject across a number of different disciplines, including law, history, and security studies. Robert Haywood and Roberta Spivak’s work draws from each of these fields to provide a succinct overview of the issues surrounding both contemporary piracy and counterpiracy operations. The authors, both affiliated with the Oceans beyond Piracy project, focus on how pirates are able to operate in the twenty-first century in the face of all the advances in military technol- ogy. Their answer highlights ineffective governance at the local and global levels, as well as outdated institutions and laws meant to deal with piracy.