Private security firms are increasingly being used in the fight against pirates who operate off the coast of Africa. One company, Eos Risk Management, says it has fended off at least 15 attacks from Somali pirates since January. The practice of using security contractors to provide maritime defense "in appropriate circumstances" has even been endorsed by the US State Department. We’ll be joined by Jonathan Ledgard,
the East Africa correspondent for the Economist
magazine. His article "Piracy and Private Enterprise"
appears in the August 20th Issue of the magazine.