Maritime Terrorism

“Uranium could also lead to the construction of bombs. A single bomb of this type, carried by boat and exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory.”(Albert Einstein in a letter to US President Franklin Roosevelt on 2 August 1939)In general terms, the phrase “maritime terrorism” means terrorism at the sea. However, the security implications of maritime terrorism are many.First, maritime terrorism involves terrorist attacks directed against assets in the maritime domain. This includes attacks or threat of attacks against vessels (warships, cruise liners, tankers and other carriers, tugboats and barges), harbour/ anchorage attacks, fixed land based targets near ports- oil refineries, oil storage depots, other port infrastructure, energy pipelines and undersea cables- and hijacking of commercial/passenger ships on high seas. This also includes putting obstructions such as sinking a large ship in choking points in…

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Arabinda Acharya

Arabinda Acharya is Associate Professor at the National Defense University, USA and Adjunct Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Manager Strategic Projects at the...