This book examines the complex phenomena of modern maritime piracy.

The work offers a cutting-edge analysis of modern maritime piracy in the two most pirate-prone regions – southeast Asia and northeast Africa – from the late twentieth century to the modern day. These case studies present a detailed exploration of how regional and international governments responded to upsurges of piracy and how responses have evolved over the course of the past 40 years. This analysis reveals the results of these efforts and what effect, if any, suppressing piracy at sea had on tensions and instability ashore. The book transcends a simple narrative, providing detailed and extensively researched case studies of contemporary manifestations and responses at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. New insights are offered, such as the role of external navies in the repression of piracy in northeast Africa before the well-documented escalation in 2005. In addition, this book constructs a comparative analytic framework to gauge the effectiveness and shortcomings of modern attempts to counteract piracy, which reveals lessons learned, future policy projections and wider implications. This analysis adds new classifications, innovative concepts and scholarly depth to the field of maritime security studies, naval history and theory and international relations.

This book will be of much interest to students of naval history, maritime security, strategic studies and international relations.

part I|58 pages


chapter |17 pages


chapter 1|39 pages

Maritime piracy

A twentieth-century revival?

part II|90 pages

Southeast Asia

chapter 2|33 pages

A regional response to a regional problem?


chapter 3|55 pages

Towards multilateralism, 1997–2016

part III|112 pages

Northeast Africa

chapter 4|44 pages

The seeds of disorder at sea are sown ashore


chapter 5|67 pages

Hostis humani generis

The global response 2005–2016

part IV|49 pages


chapter 2646|34 pages

The effectiveness of suppression

A multi-level comparative analysis of modern counter-piracy initiatives

chapter |13 pages