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The roots of piracy in Southeast Asia

Piracy (maritime) Southeast Asia

Carolin Liss of Murdoch University writes that 'combating piracy is a difficult and complex task, requiring more than the patrolling of piracy-prone waters.' Liss argues that five factors 'are of particular importance in shaping piracy in Southeast Asia: over-fishing, lax maritime regulations, the existence of organised crime syndicates, the presence of radical politically motivated groups in the region, and widespread poverty.' After a detailed analysis of the impact these issues in Southeast Asia, Liss stresses that 'in order to be successful, responses to piracy have to address most, if not all, of these problems and issues.'

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