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"A valiant effort...its sobriety and scope should make it essential for professionals in shipping, insurance, risk management, and security."-Stephan Fidler, Financial Times "Specialists and general readers alike will find Murphy's Broad, systematic treatment of the subject and excellent starting point."-J. Peter Pham, RUSI "This book sets the standard for future serious works on piracy and maritime terrorism."-Claude Berube, Naval War College Review "Murphy has produced an excellent, exhaustively researched work that should serve scholars, policy makers, and general readers well.. Highly recommended.ö-Choice The sea is a restless realm. In part that restlessness is timeless: the action of wind and waves. In part it is ancient: the direct threat of pirates. In part it is very modern: the threat of terrorism that has been felt acutely since the events of 11 September 2001. The reaction to these events has had a profound and continuing impact in the maritime domain. It has been alleged that pirates and maritime terrorists present a largely common threat to international maritime security. This book drives to the heart of this proposal by reviewing in detail each phenomenon before asking how and under what circumstances pirates and maritime terrorists might combine forces. Murphy concludes that while piracy may be a marginal problem in itself, the connections between organized piracy, wider criminal networks and corruption on land mean that it may undermine states and destabilize the regions in which it occurs. Furthermore, maritime criminality may disguise insurgent and terrorist activity and allow such actors greater freedom of maneuver. Murphy suggests that maritime terrorism, although only a low-level threat currently, has the potential to spread and become more effective in the event of political change on land. Before this can happen, however, maritime terrorists and insurgents will have to overcome significant operational and technical problems. Above all, they must find a means of triggering a level of fear stemming from atrocities committed at sea similar to that resulting from attacks perpetrated on land if they are to achieve their political objectives.