Mercenaries at Sea? Private Anti-Piracy Contractors Today

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Private_Navies_PodcastPrivate military contractors — what some people call “mercenaries” — are controversial on land. But what happens when they go to sea? On October 2, 2014, the Global Security Studies program hosted John-Clark Levin, co-author of Private Anti-Piracy Navies: How Warships for Hire are Changing Maritime Security, to discuss this topic. He described the ways in which this low-profile industry has reduced the problem of piracy, the different types of pirates that these contractors deal with, and the difficult political, legal, and regulatory issues involved.