The rapidly unfolding events off the horn of Africa has once again brought piracy back into the news. For decades pirates off the coast of Somalia have been wreaking havoc, but over the last twelve months they have increased the frequency and ambition of their attacks, culminating in the hijacking of one of the biggest man made machines, the Sirius Star.

Pirate expert Angus Konstam examined the phenomenon of modern piracy in his recent book Piracy: A Complete History, which we published earlier this year. Following a number of radio interviews, Angus has been very much in demand to offer an insight into the piracy that still persists today. This week he wrote an insightful article for the BBC News website about the evolution in piracy which has seen pirates adopting modern technology and techniques over the last few years. You can read the full article here.

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