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Routledge Handbook of Maritime Security

ISBN 9780367430641
Published July 25, 2022 by Routledge
408 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook offers a critical and substantial analysis of maritime security and documents the most pressing strategic, economic, socio-cultural and legal questions surrounding it.

Written by leading international experts, this comprehensive volume presents a wide variety of theoretical positions on maritime security, detailing its achievements and outlining outstanding issues faced by those in the field. The book includes studies which cover the entire spectrum of activity along which maritime security is developing, including, piracy, cyber security, energy security, terrorism, narco-subs and illegal fishing. Demonstrating the transformative character and potential of the topic, the book is divided into two parts. The first part exhibits a range of perspectives and new approaches to maritime security, and the second explores emerging developments in the practice of security at sea, as well as regional studies written by local maritime security experts. Taken together, these contributions provide a compelling account of the evolving maritime security environment, casting fresh light on theoretical and empirical aspects.

The book will be of much interest to practitioners and students of maritime security, naval studies, security studies, maritime history, and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Surveying the Seascape

Ruxandra-Laura Boşilcă, Susana Ferreira and Barry J. Ryan

PART I: Perspectives on Maritime Security

1 Sea Power in the Transformation of States and Overseas Empires (1500–1800)

Benjamin de Carvalho and Halvard Leira

2. Maritime Security in a Critical Context

Barry J. Ryan

3. Maritime Security: ‘Good Navies’ and Realism Re-imagined

Geoffrey Till

4. Modern Maritime Strategy and Naval Warfare

Ian Speller

5. The Liberal Approach to Maritime Security

Rafael García Pérez

6. Global Maritime Security Governance

James Sperling

7. Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea

Joanna Mossop

8. Maritime Securitisation

Juha A. Vuori

9. Gender Perspectives on Maritime Security

Jane Freedman

10. Global Political Ethnography: A Methodological Approach to Studying Maritime Security Governance

Jessica Larsen

11. The Politics of Piracy Numbers: The Gulf of Guinea Case

Katja Lindskov Jacobsen

12. Visual Representations of the Sea

Claire Sutherland

PART II: Practices and Norms of Maritime Security

13. Human Rights and Law Enforcement at Sea

Anna Petrig

14. Humans at Sea: Migrants, Refugees and Transnational Responses

Susana Ferreira

15. Contemporary Maritime Piracy and Counter-Piracy

Robert McCabe

16. Maritime Terrorism

Joshua Tallis

17. Energy Security and Maritime Security

Rupert Herbert Burns

18. Maritime Cyber Security and Disruptive Technologies

Jeptoo Kipkech, Kristen Kuhn, and Siraj Ahmed Shaikh

19. The Nexus Between National Resource Governance and Transnational Maritime Crime

Lisa Otto

20. Fisheries Crimes, Poverty and Food Insecurity

Cornelia E. Nauen and Simona T. Boschetti

21. Small Island Developing States and Maritime Security

Christian Bouchard

22. Maritime Security and the Blue Economy

Anja Menzel

23. Securing Maritime Identities: The New Practices of Maritime Cultural Heritage

Eliseu Carbonell

24. Non-state and Hybrid Actorness at Sea: From Narco-subs to Drone Patrols

Brendan Flynn

25. The Privatisation of Maritime Security: Implications for International Security

Eugenio Cusumano and Stefano Ruzza

26. NATO and Maritime Security in the the North Atlantic

 Gavin E. L. Hall and Mark Webber

27. Maritime Security in the South Atlantic

Érico Esteves Duarte

28. Maritime Security in the Mediterranean

Michaela Ceccorulli

29. Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

Kwa Chong Guan and Collin Koh

30. Maritime Security in the South China Sea

Chris Rahman

31. Maritime Security in the Arctic

Amund Botillen and Marianne Riddervold

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Ruxandra-Laura Bosilca is a Senior Research Fellow at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway.

Susana Ferreira is a Lecturer at the Nebrija University, Director of the Master in Risk Management in Conflicts.

Barry J. Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University, UK.


"This volume fills a critical gap in the understanding of maritime security. It places the underappreciated maritime space into the limelight, provides the necessary clarity to an ambiguous concept, and overcomes both geographical boundaries and topical constraints to become an indispensable resource for policymakers, scholars, and sailors alike."

Jeremy Stöhs, author of The Decline of European Naval Forces.

"This collection of 31 essays offers an overview of some of the newest and most insightful research in the field. Topics covered range from traditional maritime security concerns such as piracy, fisheries protection, and terrorism to emerging issues, including human trafficking, gender issues on the high seas, and renewed great power competition in the Arctic and the South Atlantic. The authors of these essays are as diverse as the topics. They come from all over the globe and a variety of academic disciplines. For anyone interested in covering the waterfront of ideas in maritime security, I highly recommend this handbook."

John Darell Sherwood, Naval Historian and author of War in the Shallows: U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam, winner of the John Lyman Award for Excellence in Maritime and Naval History.

"This benchmark handbook presents an insightful and pluralist collection of contributions covering the full spectrum of maritime security studies. A must read for those new to the topic, but also for more established observers looking to capture the state of the art in this fast evolving and increasingly important field."

Timothy P. Edmunds, Professor of International Security, University of Bristol, UK.