2010: Banner Year for Pirates

Via the BBC:  Pirates seized record 1,181 hostages in 2010 – report.

The numbers are the highest since 1991 (when the numbers were first kept).

The vast majority of pirating has its origins in Somalia, which currently has no functional state (and hasn’t for almost two decades)

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter