Long history of various maritime security threats

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By James Goldrick*

As a former naval officer and current student of maritime affairs, I have long been infuriated by the blanket use of the term ‘non-traditional’ to describe security threats external to those directly generated by the conflicting interests of nation-states.

In the maritime domain, piracy, smuggling, slave trading and illegal fishing are just a few of the threats to which the ‘non-traditional’ label has been attached. The pundits would know better if they gave the slightest thought to history.

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