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Piracy in Southeast Asia: Trends, Hot Spots and Responses ed. by Carolin Liss and Ted Biggs (review)

Piracy in Southeast Asia: Trends, Hot Spots and Responses ed. by Carolin Liss and Ted Biggs (review) Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 39, No. 2 (2017), pp. 414–16 DOI: 10.1355/cs39-2m © 2017 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Piracy in Southeast Asia: Trends, Hot Spots and Responses. Edited by Carolin Liss and Ted Biggs. Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2017. Hardcover: 179pp. The issue of piracy in Southeast Asia has been a vexed one since the problem rose to prominence in the 1990s. Much ink has been spilt, forests pulped and conferences endured to produce copious volumes on the issue. Unfortunately, much of the published output has been far from enlightening; often uninformed, uncritical or repetitive and derivative. It is too complicated a topic to be treated well superficially. Compared to the widely reported piracy problem off the coast of Somalia, the Southeast Asian variety is mired in much deeper levels of complexity and murkiness befitting the region’s vulnerable maritime underbelly; seemingly unavoidably beset by criminality and corruption. My first thoughts on receiving this current review volume then, were of trepidation: Do we really need yet another volume on this topic? Happily, it seems, on the strength of this book, we do. There is one caveat to be made, however, with respect http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Piracy in Southeast Asia: Trends, Hot Spots and Responses ed. by Carolin Liss and Ted Biggs (review)

Piracy in Southeast Asia: Trends, Hot Spots and Responses ed. by Carolin Liss and Ted Biggs (review)


Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 39, No. 2 (2017), pp. 414–16 DOI: 10.1355/cs39-2m © 2017 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Piracy in Southeast Asia: Trends, Hot Spots and Responses. Edited by Carolin Liss and Ted Biggs. Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2017. Hardcover: 179pp. The issue of piracy in Southeast Asia has been a vexed one since the problem rose to prominence in the 1990s. Much ink has been spilt, forests pulped and conferences endured to produce copious volumes on the issue. Unfortunately, much of the published output has been far from enlightening; often uninformed, uncritical or repetitive and derivative. It is too complicated a topic to be treated well superficially. Compared to the widely reported piracy problem off the coast of Somalia, the Southeast Asian variety is mired in much deeper levels of complexity and murkiness befitting the region’s vulnerable maritime underbelly; seemingly unavoidably beset by criminality and corruption. My first thoughts on receiving this current review volume then, were of trepidation: Do we really need yet another volume on this topic? Happily, it seems, on the strength of this book, we do. There is one caveat to be made, however, with respect to the book’s timing. In the past year, from March 2016, a major new front has erupted in the Southeast Asian “piracy” equation, with repeated attacks reputedly carried out by the terrorist-cum-criminal clique, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), in the under-governed tri-border area of the Sulu-Sulawesi (Celebes) Seas. No fewer than twenty-two attacks have been recorded, with thirteen successful hijackings and almost sixty hostages taken for ransom. This is arguably the biggest development in Southeast Asian piracy in years, particularly as large bulk carriers and other merchant ships on international —...
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Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 39, No. 2 (2017), pp. 414–16 DOI: 10.1355/cs39-2m © 2017 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Piracy in Southeast Asia: Trends, Hot Spots and Responses. Edited by Carolin Liss and Ted Biggs. Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2017. Hardcover: 179pp. The issue of piracy in Southeast Asia has been a vexed one since the problem rose to prominence in the 1990s. Much ink has been spilt, forests pulped and conferences endured to produce copious volumes on the issue. Unfortunately, much of the published output has been far from enlightening; often uninformed, uncritical or repetitive and derivative. It is too complicated a topic to be treated well superficially. Compared to the widely reported piracy problem off the coast of Somalia, the Southeast Asian variety is mired in much deeper levels of complexity and murkiness befitting the region’s vulnerable maritime underbelly; seemingly unavoidably beset by criminality and corruption. My first thoughts on receiving this current review volume then, were of trepidation: Do we really need yet another volume on this topic? Happily, it seems, on the strength of this book, we do. There is one caveat to be made, however, with respect

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Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic AffairsInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies

Published: Aug 23, 2017

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