Security: Pragmatic Spaces and the Maritime Security Agenda

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The oceans are increasingly understood as a security space. Does the new maritime security agenda lead to new spatial configurations? This chapter introduces the concept of ‘pragmatic spaces’ to explore spatial configurations produced in responses to maritime security. Four exemplary spaces are discussed: how counter-piracy led to the development of high risk areas, how maritime security capacity building produced new regions constructed through codes of conduct, how the identification of smuggling routes established new forms of international partnerships, and how maritime domain awareness systems advance new transnational spaces of surveillance. These new spatial configurations were introduced to manage maritime security issues and enable transnational forms of governance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Ocean Space
EditorsKimberley Peters, Jon Anderson, Andy Davies, Philip Steinberg
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)9781138084803
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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