Farah Abdi Warsameh / AP

There have been four incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia in the last month, per the NYT, including the first seizure of a large commercial vessel since 2012. This is a surprising resurgence, as piracy off the coast of Somalia had dropped dramatically to 15 incidents in 2015-2016 compared to 237 in 2011, per the UN.

Why it matters: This could wreak havoc on the economies of the area, as well as whichever countries have ships traversing the waters at risk here. 90% of the world's commerce travels by sea and previous attacks off the Coast of Somalia "threatened the free flow of international commerce and energy supplies," according to the State Department.

The UN Navy's Fifth Fleet, which commands regional antipiracy, said it was "monitoring the situation."

Why the uptick is happening: Analysts told the NYT, "a number of factors had driven the resurgence in piracy, including drought, famine, corruption, a surge of smuggled weapons and the influence of the Islamic State." The decrease came after a new government was installed in Somalia in 2012 that prioritized stopping piracy. Anti-piracy policies, including prosecuting pirates and installing armed guards on commercial vessels, had also helped.

Go deeper

Updated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 20,755,406 — Total deaths: 752,225— Total recoveries: 12,917,934Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 5,246,760 — Total deaths: 167,052 — Total recoveries: 1,774,648 — Total tests: 64,831,306Map.
  3. Politics: House Democrats to investigate scientist leading "Operation Warp Speed" vaccine projectMcConnell announces Senate will not hold votes until Sept. 8 unless stimulus deal is reached.
  4. 2020: Biden calls for 3-month national mask mandateBiden and Harris to receive coronavirus briefings 4 times a week.
  5. States: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to drop lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate.
  6. Business: Why the CARES Act makes 2020 the best year for companies to lose money.
  7. Public health: Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments Cases are falling, but don't get too comfortable.

Trump says he intends to give RNC speech on White House lawn

President Trump speaking to reporters on South Lawn in July. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, despite bipartisan criticism of the optics and legality of the location.

Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.

Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Antibody drugs and various medicine cocktails against the coronavirus are progressing and may provide some relief before vaccines.

The big picture: Everyone wants to know how and when they can return to "normal" life, as vaccines are not expected to be ready for most Americans for at least a year. Two therapies are known to be helpful, and more could be announced by late September, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci tells Axios.