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Maritime security

Maritime security will increasingly become more demanding at the expense of land forces. Given Europe’s dependence on maritime sea lines of communication (SLOCs) on a global scale, its regional strategic orientation, the build-down of national maritime capabilities of EU Member States, the demising U.S. readiness and capabilities to fill European gaps unless this meets U.S. national interests, the expanding Chinese coastal infrastructures, etc. All these call for a sustained effort to meet the challenges to maritime security, that is, to SLOCs, harbours, passages, access, deep sea activities from geopolitical changes, coercive efforts, piracy, new strategic vacuum, etc. The EU’s predicaments will tend to push for advanced roles in maritime security.


  • Bryant, D.L.: The Outlook for Maritime Security. Journal of Commerce. 2009.
  • Pallis, A.A. & Vaggelas, G.K.: Port and Maritime Security: Is there a Distinctive European Approach? Paper presented at the International Forum on Shipping Ports and Airports (IFSPA), Hong Kong, 25-28 May 2008.
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