Challenging Sovereignty and State Control of Violence at Sea? The Operations of Private Anti-Piracy Security Providers

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Abstract

Sovereignty and state monopoly on the use of force are among the defining characteristics of the nation-state. Since the end of the Cold War, however, non-state actors—notably private military and security companies (PMSCs)—have once again begun to play a significant role in national and international security governance. PMSCs are also active at sea, not least protecting vessels against pirate attacks. Although there was an initial reluctance to entrust the protection of merchant ships to PMSCs, many states have now introduced regulations that provide for, or at least tolerate, their use. State failure to protect ships and crews and the strategic alliance-building by PMSCs helped them to secure a place in maritime security governance.

Title
Challenging Sovereignty and State Control of Violence at Sea? The Operations of Private Anti-Piracy Security Providers
Book Title
Resistance and Change in World Politics
Book Subtitle
International Dissidence
Pages
pp 79-108
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50445-2_3
Print ISBN
978-3-319-50444-5
Online ISBN
978-3-319-50445-2
Series Title
Global Issues
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
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Editor Affiliations
  • 2. Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)
  • 3. Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)
  • 4. Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)
  • 5. Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)
Authors
Author Affiliations
  • 6. Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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