1st Edition

Maritime Private Security Market Responses to Piracy, Terrorism and Waterborne Security Risks in the 21st Century

Edited By Patrick Cullen, Claude Berube Copyright 2012
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the evolution, function, problems and prospects of private security companies in the maritime sector.

    The private security industry continues to evolve after its renaissance over the past few decades, first in Africa, and later in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite this, little academic work has been done to date on the role of private security in the maritime environment. This lacuna has become more pronounced as the threat of piracy, terrorism, and other acts of maritime political violence have caused littoral states and commercial entities alike to consider the use of private security to mitigate risks.

    Maritime Private Security is an edited volume specifically dedicated to combating the absence of academic research in this area. The discussion of this multi-faceted subject is organised into four key parts:

    • Part I: The Historical and Contemporary Market in Maritime Private Security Services
    • Part II: The Emergence of Private Anti-Piracy Escorts in the Commercial Sector
    • Part III: The Privatization of Coast Guard Services
    • Part IV: Private Security Responses to Maritime Terrorism

    This book will be of much interest to students of naval policy and maritime security, private security companies, piracy and terrorism, international law and IR in general.

    Foreword Rear Admiral (Ret.) Terence McKnight  Part I: The Historical and Contemporary Market in Maritime Private Security Services  1. Introduction: The Post-Cold War Growth of Maritime Private Security Claude Berube and Patrick Cullen  2. The United States and Maritime Private Security from the War of Independence to the 21st Century James Carafano  3. Surveying the Market in Maritime Private Security Services Patrick Cullen  4. Private Gunboats on the Horizon? Private Security and Contemporary Naval Presence Christopher Spearin  Part II: The Emergence of Privatized Anti-Piracy Escorts in the Commercial Sector  5. Commercial Anti-Piracy Escorts in the Malacca Straits Area Caroline Liss  6. Private Security at Sea: A Customer’s Perspective Gordan van Hook  7. Anti-Piracy Escorts in the Gulf of Aden: Problems and Prospects Claude Berube  8. Legal Considerations for Private Naval Company Armed Anti-Piracy Escorts Mark Tempest  Part III: The Privatization of Coast Guard Services  9. Privatizing the Coast Guard in War-Torn Sierra Leone Patrick Cullen  10. Private Security, Maritime Protection and Surveillance in Somaliland Stig Hansen  11. Private Security Fighting Pirates and Illegal Fishing in Puntland Christopher Kinsey  12. Securing the Off-Shore Oil Industry in the Gulf of Guinea Roger Hawkes  Part IV: Private Security Responses to Maritime Terrorism  13. Maritime Terrorism: Scope, Potential Threat of Contingencies and the Role of Private Security Compnaies Peter Chalk  14. Commercial Risk Consulting and Management in the Maritime Sector Elke Krahmann  15. Integrating Private Security into Port Security in a Post-9/11 Environment Bill DeWitt  16. Maritime Eco-Extremism Reconsidered: Understanding Fourth Generation Eco-Warriors in the Modern Media Age Brendon J. Mills and Howard R. Ernst  Conclusion: The Future of Private Security at Sea Claude Berube and Patrick Cullen


    Claude Berube teaches in the Political Science Department at the United States Naval Academy, and is co-author of two books and 20 articles. 

    Patrick Cullen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut Barcelona D’Estudis Internacionals, and has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

    'Maritime Private Security should be required reading for anyone interested in maritime history and current challenges. Importantly, this book fills a void in the growing literature on counter-piracy operations by examining the expanding role of the private sector. As nations face the challenge of declining naval force structure, this volume promises to continue as a staple on the bookshelves of those interested in maritime security.' - Brian Wilson, International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. 24, 1, June 2012

    'Maritime Private Security is a must read for anyone interested in how today's world economy and society influence combating piracy and maritime terrorism now and inthe future.' - Cindy Vallar, Pirates and Privateers