Rough Waters: Talk to Discuss Serious Threat of Somali Pirates

Marc Frey, Ph.D., Senior Director at Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington Office
Marc Frey, Ph.D., Senior Director at Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington Office

Well before the documented kidnapping of Captain Phillips, Somali pirates patrolled the high seas in search of paydays. Although maritime piracy has decreased over the past year, the waters aren’t entirely clear. Find out what the future may hold for pirates during a discussion hosted by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. The talk, which is open to all NSU students, faculty, and staff members, serves as the college’s annual lecture supported by the Stolzenberg-Doan Family Endowment.

“Pirate Tales: An Analysis of the Rise and (Possible) Fall of Somali Piracy”
Marc Frey, Ph.D. (Steptoe & Johnson LLP)

Thursday, November 21
5:00 p.m.
Carl DeSantis Building | Room 2078

About the Talk
A recent World Bank study estimates that Somali pirates reaped as much as $413 million in ransom payments from 154 hijackings between 2005 and 2012. Moreover, a report by the International Maritime Bureau and One Earth Future foundation blamed pirates for more than 110 deaths in 2011. Fortunately, pirate attacks have decreased over the past year. Does this mean the pirates are permanently at bay? Or are the bandits merely waiting for their next opportunity?

About the Speaker
Marc Frey, Ph.D., is senior director at Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington office, where he focuses on legal issues pertaining to international business and security. Frey is a former chief of staff for the Office of Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He has worked with the nation’s Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration Customs Enforcement agencies.

For more information about this talk, contact Gary Gershman, J.D., Ph.D., professor at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, at (954) 262-8211.

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