When searching for information on this topic, potentially useful keywords to use include :
- sea piracy
- counter piracy
- maritime terrorism
This LibGuide is intended to provide a few starting points to assist you with your research on issues related to maritime security. That is, issues concerning sea piracy as well as maritime terrorism.
Information about current maritime security operations:
- NATO counter-piracy operations : Operation Ocean Shield and Operation Allied Protector
- NATO counter-terrorism operation : Operation Active Endeavour
- NATO Shipping Centre
- EU NAVFOR : Operation Atlanta
- NATO engages Partners around the globe in counter-piracy dialogue (14 September 2011)
- TCG GIRESUN – Turkey
- HDMS ABSALON – Denmark
- ITS GRECALE – Italy
- RFA FORT VICTORIA – United Kingdom
- USS DEWERT - United States of America
- USS CARNEY – United States of America
- Challenger 640 Aircraft - Denmark
Some good places to start your research are:
- NATO Review : Maritime Security : Sink or Swim (2010)
- Information on NATO sea operations, the importance of piracy within a global context and video of a NATO naval operation as they patrol the Mediterranean Sea.
- NATO Civil-Military Fusion Centre's Anti-Piracy Reports
- Piracy at Sea : Times Topics
- Topic page from The New York Times, containing current news, multimedia and archived articles on the topic of maritime piracy.
- Maritime Security : NATO and EU Roles and Co-ordination
- NATO Parliamentary Assembly Committee Report (2010 Spring Session) that provides an overview of maritime security challenges and international co-operation between NATO, the EU and other stake holders towards improving maritime security.
- Piracy off the Horn of Africa : Scope, Dimensions, Causes and Responses
- Article by Peter Chalk that appeared in the Brown Journal of World Affairs (Spring/Summer 2010), that covers the underlying causes of piracy, the process pirates use to capture and ransom ships and international efforts to suppress piracy. Available to NATO staff only [Please contact the Library].
- NATO’s Counter Piracy Mission Extended (March 2012)
- NATO Allies agreed on 19 March to extend the Alliance’s counter piracy naval operation Ocean Shield, which operates off the Horn of Africa to protect merchant traffic from pirate attacks, for a further two years until the end of 2014.
- The Movement of People Across the Mediterranean: New Trends and Challenges (November 2012), NATO Parliamentary Assembly
- Although “it is not within NATO’s mandate to deal with questions of migration and the problems of refugees - no references to these issues in the 1949 Washington Treaty, in the new Strategic Concept of 2010, in the one adopted in 1999 nor in the new Alliance Maritime Strategy of 2011”. Anders Fogh Rasmussen , NATO Secretary General, reminded in April 2012 that NATO’s maritime assets in the Mediterranean rescued over 600 migrants in distress at sea.
- The Pirates of Somalia: Ending the Threat, Rebuilding a Nation (11 April 2013) by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/The World Bank
Furthermore, quick search boxes for online databases subscribed by the Library (available to staff working at NATO HQ) as well as links to the library catalog are available for you to locate additional resources.