n African Security Review - Contemporary piracy and maritime terrorism : The threat to international security, Martin N. Murphy : book review

Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Murphy begins by examining piracy and terrorism as two separate phenomena. He sketches the geographic, political and social factors favourable to the development of both, and then provides a breakdown of the methodology of piracy. Instead of focusing on maritime safety, Murphy examines the security threat posed by piracy. This includes a vulnerability assessment of states and regions as well as a threat assessment based on the possibility that piracy may extend beyond the borders of a littoral state, for instance through its effects on a fragile international shipping industry. These observations are ably supported by case studies of South-East Asia and Somalia. Murphy shows that the evaluation of piracy and its effects are problematic, but that taken as a whole, the financial cost of piracy is in itself not significantly damaging to the global economy.

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