Islamist militias' clashes with Somalia's government has forced more than 25,000 to flee.
The small number of successful pirate attacks, an increase in military patrols, and legal concerns have kept many firms from hiring security.
Behind the bare brick walls of a desolate former British colonial prison in Somali land, five jailed Somali pirates didn't seem very fearsome at all.
A Christian Science perspective.
For the first time, crewmembers of the Maersk Alabama share details of their Indian Ocean encounter
As attacks continue, experts consider whether deadly force would be an effective deterrent.
Military options could only make things worse, some analysts say, if they did not go hand in hand with political solutions.