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titled “The Freakonomics of Piracy.” (I
am
an economic cone Foreign Service
officer, after all.) In it, Bahadur breaks
down a recent ransom of $1.5 million
among the pirates, cooks, interpreters
and the commander of the qat, a newly
created rank known only among So-
mali pirates, to document how the
profits of the enterprise are distrib-
uted. (Hint: Those who do the hard
work of actually taking over foreign
vessels, at the risk of capture or death,
do not reap the lion’s share of their ill-
gotten gains.)
Bahadur predicts that the business
of piracy will become more lucrative,
the gangs will get better organized, and
the encounters at sea will grow blood-
ier, all of which is already happening.
There are no easy solutions to these
developments, and Bahadur does a
good job of pointing out the complex-
ities of the problem.
This combination of background,
personal insight and enthralling inter-
views makes
The Pirates of Somalia
well worth reading.
David Drinkard is an economic cone
Foreign Service officer working in the
Economic Bureau’s Office of Intellec-
tual Property Enforcement. He has
served in Ankara and Tel Aviv.
B
O O K S
Bahadur predicts that
piracy will become more
lucrative, prevalent
and bloody — which is
already happening.
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