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Maritime Piracy Studies

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From the British Royal Navy’s initial efforts to destroy pirate fleets in the South China Sea in the 1840s to the United States Navy’s counter-piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa today, powerful maritime states have intervened militarily to suppress piracy on a number of occasions over the past two centuries. Despite the considerable scholarly interest in examining how powerful states go about suppressing piracy, however, there has been little in-depth examination of why these states are willing to expend resources combating piracy in the first place. When this question is addressed, counter-piracy efforts are usually portrayed as the provision of the global public goods of secure sea lanes and universal access to the global maritime commons. As a result, counter-piracy is presented as a quintessential example of hegemonic power at work in the international system. Through a comparative historical analysis of cases of maritime piracy, spanning from the nineteenth century to the present, this project examines the question: Why and under what conditions do maritime hegemons intervene militarily to suppress piracy? The findings challenge the standard provision of global public goods explanation; instead, this research demonstrates that maritime hegemons intervene either when piracy threatens the private interests of influential business elites, or when piracy is perceived as linked to other vital national security interests, like combating terrorism. When neither of these conditions is met, maritime piracy is usually ignored.
Period01/01/2012 → …
Financing sourcePrivate funding (private)
Research programmeCosmos Club Foundation
Internet addresshttp://www.cosmosclubfoundation.org/
Amount2,000.00 US Dollar
Approval year2013
Financing sourcePrivate funding (private)
Research programmeDoctoral Student Research Award, American University
Internet addresshttps://www.american.edu/research/awards.cfm
Amount4,996.00 US Dollar
Approval year2013

    Research and development areas

  • United Kingdom

    Controlled Keywords

  • Piracy
  • Maritime Operations
  • Maritime security
  • Security
  • International Politics
  • Africa
  • East Asia
  • USA

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