Protecting Our Ports: Domestic and International Politics of Containerized Freight Security, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Protecting Our Ports

Domestic and International Politics of Containerized Freight Security, 1st Edition

By Suzette R. Grillot, Rebecca J. Cruise


198 pages

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Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there has been much discussion of the security of borders and ports of entry in the United States and around the world. Ports of entry, particularly sea ports, are viewed as one of the most defenceless targets for a terrorist attack. In response to this perceived vulnerability, a number of port security initiatives have been implemented both on both a domestic and international level. This timely project investigates a number of issues surrounding the container security issue. It examines the scope of containerized freight security, analyzes cooperation between agents in the United States and abroad, explores the politics of port security, and provides an assessment of 17 of the world's sea ports. The work sheds light on the container security threat and the domestic and international responses that have emerged, as well as those steps that still must be taken.


'…skillfully steers readers through the charged politics of global maritime security in the post-9/11 world. An excellent compendium of current literature, straightforward discussion, and emphases on stakeholder collaboration and structured risk assessment, make this text required reading for anyone with responsibilities in port and maritime security policy, planning, and management.' Kenneth Christopher, Park University, USA

About the Authors

Suzette R. Grillot, Associate Director, International Programs Cente, Associate Professor, School of International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma, USA, Rebecca J. Cruise, University of Oklahoma, USA with Valerie J. D'Erman, University of Oklahoma, USA

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This series seeks to provide a body of case studies to explore the growing importance and prominence of homeland security to national defence policy and to examine the development of homeland security within the broader context of national defence policy in the United States and other major developed states. This series will identify and analyze the major threats that are particular to homeland security, as well as those that affect broader national security interests. Comparative studies will be used to elucidate the major similarities and differences in how states approach homeland security and works which advocate new or non-traditional approaches to homeland security. The series aims to integrate information from scholars and practitioners to provide works which will influence the policy debate and examine the ramifications of policy.

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