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Special Forces rehearse after the launching of a joint patrol between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines at the Subang military airbase, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Oct. 12, 2017 (AP photo by Vincent Thian).

Why Southeast Asia Remains a Hotbed for Piracy

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Late last month, Japan and Malaysia concluded a weeklong joint coast guard exercise focused on combating piracy in Southeast Asia. Despite a recent decline, piracy is still a threat across the region and cooperation between states—including some, like Japan, that are outside the region—is seen as an important mechanism for mitigating it. In an email interview, Lucio Blanco Pitlo III, a foreign affairs and security analyst on Asia-Pacific issues and a former lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, discusses the state of piracy in Southeast Asia and what kinds of multilateral responses have emerged to counter it.

WPR: How much of a threat is piracy in Southeast Asia, and how has it evolved in recent years? ...

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