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Peter Chalk

April 9, 2011

What’s So Hard About Stopping Piracy?

By Laurence Smallman, defense research analyst, RAND Corp. (www.rand.org), Arlington, Va. The recent killing of American hostages by Somali pirates perhaps has set aside any Robin Hood-like notions that some may have had about the intent, determination, and ruthlessness of modern pirates. Pirates, Somali or otherwise, are considered “enemies of all mankind” for good reason,