The Privatisation of Maritime Security

The end of the Cold War introduced, among others, a new perception of security provision; states demonstrated the will to outsource the monopoly of force projection to the free market.

From the active engagement of mercenary entities in African wars and the extensive involvement of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan the trend of security privatisation emerged as the most controversial issue in contemporary international politics.

The Privatisation of Maritime Security in Greece

By Captain (ret.) Ioannis Chapsos

Economics have always been, and always will be, directly related to security. Hence, in this era where the financial crisis is limiting the available funding in terms of security provision, states are no longer reluctant to outsource hitherto monopolies in order to sustain their
economies while simultaneously introducing alternatives for security.

Greece will be the case study of our hypothesis, as the most indicative paradigm in terms of both economic and maritime security issues.


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One Reply to “The Privatisation of Maritime Security”

  1. Friedrich Haas

    Nice try – but isn’t it a little bit outdated? More a review of the recent past in Somali Waters? The current challenge is the spreading of the piracy model to areas where the armed guards are simply excluded by law and understandable aversion agains any kind of foreign PMC or PSC, let alone mercenaries with guns: that’s e.g. the current situation in West Africa. Also in Asia – good luck with guns on board and local security forces! Before we talk about “solutions” we should talk about in depth intelligence and analysis of sea crime world wide and involved states. This challenge needs more than nice paperwork like ICoC without any control and sanctions or balancing interests of some Euroean states with a budget in crisis and certain PMSCs.

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