July 13, 2009

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, considers Small Boats, Weak States, Dirty Money: Piracy and Maritime Terrorism in the Modern World, by Martin N. Murphy, in a review published in the current issue of the RUSI Journal.

According to Dr. Pham, who cites the increasing number of incidents off the coasts of Somalia, “as the trends persist of highly organized criminal syndicates and transnational terrorist networks opportunistically going out to sea in growing numbers to seek out potential targets, the threat that the two challenges pose to international order, either separately or in possible co-operation with each other, means that maritime lawlessness can no longer be ignored by security analysts as a marginal phenomenon.” Consequently, “specialists and general readers alike will find Murphy’s broad, systematic treatment of the subject an excellent starting point” in “coming up to speed on this reality.”

A comprehensive volume of some 550 pages, Small Boats, Weak States, Dirty Money is published in the United Kingdom by Hurst and in the United States by Columbia University Press. First published in 1857, the RUSI Journal is the flagship publication of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) for Defence and Security Studies in London. The oldest periodical of its kind, the journal is a leading forum for the exchange of ideas on national and international defense and security issues, consistently bringing the most innovative and challenging perspectives to bear on past, present and future issues in the field.

For the full text of the review, click here.