Cover of Global Responses to Maritime Violence by Edited by Paul Shemella
Global Responses to Maritime Violence
Cooperation and Collective Action
Edited by Paul Shemella


344 pages.
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Hardcover ISBN: 9780804792035
Paperback ISBN: 9780804798419
Ebook ISBN: 9780804798631

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Global Responses to Maritime Violence is a full discussion of maritime security short of war that goes beyond the current literature in both scope and perspective. The chapters in this volume examine terrorism, piracy, armed robbery at sea, illegal maritime trafficking, illegal fishing, and other maritime crimes. Contributors uncover both threats and responses as a complex ecosystem that challenges even the strongest national and regional institutions. Managing this system is a "wicked problem" that has no ultimate solution. But the book offers strategic precepts to guide the efforts of any government that seeks to improve its responses to maritime violence.

The bottom line is that maritime violence can be managed effectively enough to protect citizens and national economies that depend on the sea. Comprehensive in scope, the volume coheres around the premise that good governance in the maritime domain, though difficult, is worth the considerable resources required.

About the author

Paul Shemella retired from the Navy at the rank of Captain after a career in Special Operations and lectures at The Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) at The Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

"The essays are well written, describing their subjects in coherent, easy-to-understand concepts....By the end of the book, the reader has acquired a broad knowledge of the issues, complexities, and options associated with this diverse and complex area of the world....I recommend Global Responses to Maritime Violence to any individual—academic or otherwise—interested in the subject of terrorism or violent crime in the maritime environment."

—John L. Mahaffey, Air and Space Power Journal