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Maritime Transport and Destabilizing Commodity Flows
Hugh Griffiths and Michael Jenks
SIPRI Policy Paper no. 32
ISBN 978-91-85114-71-9

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Maritime transport flows are the lifeblood of global trade. They are also the dominant means of transporting a range of potentially destabilizing commodities that threaten states and societies throughout the developing and developed worlds.

This SIPRI Policy Paper aims to fill an important knowledge gap by—for the first time in a public document—providing a comprehensive mapping and analysis of the ships involved in the clandestine transport of narcotics, arms and dual-use goods essential to the development of weapons of mass destruction. It also offers practical solutions to one of the most important global security challenges for policymakers, civil society and industry in the 21st century.

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1. Introduction
2. Headline data: flag states
3. Headline data: vessel owners, types and age
4. The trafficking and safety nexus
5. Trends in maritime trafficking, ship registration and seizures
6. Conclusions and recommendations

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About the authors

Hugh Griffiths (United Kingdom) is a Senior Researcher and Head of the SIPRI Countering Illicit Trafficking–Mechanism Assessment Projects (CIT-MAP). From 1995 until 2007 he worked for governments, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations conducting investigative field research, analysis and programme management on issues related to clandestine political economies, humanitarian aid, conflict and trafficking.

Michael Jenks (Netherlands) is a Research Assistant and Data Manager with CIT-MAP. He holds a BA in Administrative Law and Public Administration from Tilburg University. His research interests focus on the trafficking of a variety of illicit or destabilizing commodities via air and sea and on related information sharing.

Publisher: SIPRI
ISBN 978-91-85114-71-4
52 pp.
January 2012
Price: €7.50 per copy plus €5 shipping and handling per order


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