In today’s Washington Post, Anne Applebaum explores the legal and practical complexities of dealing with captured Somali pirates. In short: nobody wants the hassle of putting them on trial, so international naval forces generally set them free. Of course, they have somewhat different methods for doing so. Lucky pirates encounter British forces; unlucky ones meet Russian commandos.
About the authorDavid Bosco is an assistant professor at American University's School of International Service and author of Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World.