Maritime piracy -- any non-state attack on another vessel, crew or cargo that could impede cargo delivery or crew safety -- is making news again as an "accelerating" problem in the Southeast Asian Straits of Malacca and a contained issue in East Africa off the coast of Somalia.
This is one of those times when the news is not quite as apocalyptic as the reports would have you believe. There are three reasons for this.
Stevenson, John and Garett Tippin. 2015. "The Audacity of Hype: Why International Cooperation will Easily Defeat Piracy in Southeast Asia." START (July). https://www.start.umd.edu/news/audacity-hype-why-international-cooperation-will-easily-defeat-piracy-southeast-asia