The Return of Violent Maritime Organizations to Southeast Asia



About the Seminar

While piracy and maritime terrorism in Southeast Asia have never totally disappeared, recent years have seen the reemergence of sophisticated ship and cargo hijackings and maritime terrorist attacks in regional waters. Violent maritime organisations face regional state counterterrorism and counterpiracy efforts, broader political and economic conditions, and changing market incentives and constraints, all of which should ordinarily make it difficult for them to operate. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data, I argue that violent maritime organisations have adapted by reforming their organizational structures, and engaging in creative use of the maritime domain, as a means to carry out attacks and more broadly to make money.

About the Speaker

Justin Hastings is Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor in International Relations and Comparative Politics at the University of Sydney. He is the author of No Man’s Land: Globalization, Territory, and Clandestine Groups in Southeast Asia (2010), and A Most Enterprising Country: North Korea in the Global Economy (2016), both from Cornell University Press. Hastings holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Aug 16 2018


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2