Maritime Security and Piracy
The application of the word “piracy” has over time been extended to a wide range of activities well beyond the implication that it is robbery at sea. Even within that ambit, old ambiguities remain, or new ones appear, and endeavours to repress or suppress it reflect changing circumstances. In the “imperial” phrase it was seen as part of an endeavour to “order” the non-European world. In a world of independent states theoretically equal in sovereignty, it is more a matter of cooperation. But, as the example of Southeast Asia suggests, states newly emerged from colonialism do not find that easy to achieve.