Losing Control? The Privatisation of Anti-piracy Services in Southeast Asia

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Title Losing Control? The Privatisation of Anti-piracy Services in Southeast Asia
Author Liss, Carolin
Journal Name Australian Journal of International Affairs
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Private security companies (PSCs) have emerged in the past 20 years, offering a vast menu of military and security services that were in the past largely the responsibility of government agencies. While PSC operations are often thought to be largely confined to war/conflict zones and failed states in Africa and the Middle East, many PSCs are currently active in Southeast Asia, where they operate within the context of growing economies and comparatively stable polities. The demand for private military and security services in this region comes in part from the maritime sector, where PSCs are today employed to secure ports, vessels and offshore energy installations. Using an analytical framework based on new institutionalism theory, this article focuses on anti-piracy services provided by PSCs in Southeast Asia and examines how the employment of PSCs to secure shipping affects the control of force by states.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357710903104851
Volume 63
Issue Number 3
Page from 390
Page to 403
ISSN 1035-7718
Date Accessioned 2010-02-26
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/33970
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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