1st Edition

Maritime Diplomacy in the 21st Century
Drivers and Challenges

ISBN 9780415828000
Published April 28, 2014 by Routledge
160 Pages

USD $190.00

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Book Description


This book aims to redefine maritime diplomacy for the modern era.

Maritime diplomacy encompasses a spectrum of activities, from co-operative measures such as port visits, exercises and humanitarian assistance to persuasive deployment and coercion. It is an activity no longer confined to just navies, but in the modern era is pursued be coast guards, civilian vessels and non-state groups. As states such as China and India develop, they are increasingly using this most flexible form of soft and hard power.

Maritime Diplomacy in the 21st Century describes and analyses the concept of maritime diplomacy, which has been largely neglected in academic literature. The use of such diplomacy can be interesting not just for the parochial effects of any activity, but because any event can reflect changes in the international order, while acting as an excellent gauge for the existence and severity of international tension. Further, maritime diplomacy can act as a valve through which any tension can be released without resort to conflict. Written in an accessible but authoritative style, this book describes the continued use of coercion outside of war by navies, while also situating it more clearly within the various roles and effects that maritime forces have in peacetime.

This book will be of much interest to students of seapower, naval history, strategic studies, diplomacy and international relations.


Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Defining maritime diplomacy  2. Paragunboat diplomacy  3. Categories and properties of maritime diplomacy  4. The utility of maritime diplomacy  5. Contemporary drivers of maritime diplomacy  6. Maritime diplomacy and game theory  Conclusion  Appendix: East Asian maritime diplomacy in the 21st century

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Christian Le Mière is a senior fellow for naval forces and maritime security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.


'...useful for the growing number of scholars interested in the Asia-Pacific security, specifically maritime security, and should be required reading for the practitioners and journalists that seek to generate nuanced analysis of events as they unfold in this most maritime of centuries.' - E-IR journal

Maritime Diplomacy in the 21st Century contains excellent factual material based on an especially rich bibliography. Consequently, the book is a valuable contribution to the academic literature on the subject.

Though obviously aimed at those dealing with the theory and history of naval warfare, strategy, diplomacy, and international relations, there is no reason why others seeking to learn about maritime affairs, particularly modern naval forces, should not add it to their reading list as well. - Andrzej Makowski, Polish Naval Academy.