JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

From Protection of Shipping to Protection of Citizens and National Economies: Current Changes in Maritime Security

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  • July 2013
    Volume: 
    7
    Issue: 
    3
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    This article analyses the alteration of the referent object for maritime security from protection of shipping and port facilities to protection of citizens and national economies. It presents a tentative answer on the extent and consequences of this alteration applied by states in a global perspective, and focuses on validating four explanatory factors on why the alteration has occurred. The time period of study is between 1991 and 2013. Its results illustrate a transition in states’ security policies from traditional expressions of maritime security to broader security perspectives, and also indicates radically altered maritime strategic perspectives among states.

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