The Pirate as Rational Actor
Understanding the international effort that has evolved around the growing threat of piracy, one might ask why the pirates persist and how do they succeed given the stature of forces arrayed against them? To understand this, one must have a basic understanding of asymmetric warfare and the concept of the "rational actor." The following definition is a very elementary discussion and is offered simply to provide context around the notion of the pirate as a rational actor.
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