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Pirate-infested waters in the Gulf of Guinea pose the largest ongoing threat to U.S. mariners in the world. Several factors have contributed to a sharp uptick in pirate activity in the region in the past 18 months. Local political and economic instability, as well as widespread corruption, foster the gangs behind Gulf of Guinea piracy. Corruption and instability are interdependent with piracy West African piracy does not function in a vacuum.

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