Thursday 16 Aug 2018 | 12:08 | SYDNEY

In response to more widespread Somali piracy attacks and soaring crew ransoms, shipping companies are turning to private military security companies to provide both armed guards and armed patrol boats to fight pirates in the Indian Ocean. As part of the Lowy Lecture Series on 23 May 2012, Military Fellow James Brown discussed research findings from his forthcoming Lowy Institute Analysis, Pirates and Privateers, which considers the rise of private navies in the Indian Ocean in the past 12 months. His research traces the emergence of maritime private military security companies, details how they operate, and outlines the implications of their use for national governments and international organisations.

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