The Italian Maritime Security Strategy in the Mediterranean Sea

As a coastal state and in its capacity of Member of the EU and NATO, Italy should have developed a more solid maritime strategy and should have been granted a major role in the management of the Mediterranean. Along with this paradox and a substantial lack of recognition of maritime power, the country is served by the Italian Navy, which is considered one of the best-equipped navies in Europe.


Daniela Irrera

Associate Professor at University of Catania


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  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (22 May 2018)
  • Series: Special Issue
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 171926144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1719261449



  • Introduction (p. 4)
  • The Italian strategy to cope with the maritime challenge (p. 10)
    Definition of the strategy (p. 10)
    Maritime Italy (p. 14)
    The international strategic context (p. 23)
    Geography of maritime risks and threats (p. 25)
  • The cruel sea: Italy and its challenges in the Mediterranean (p. 28)
    From Operation “Mare Sicuro” to the strategy in Libya (p. 31)
    Italy and the NGO’s “Code of Conduct” (p. 40)
    Conclusions (p. 47)
  • Maritime Terrorism and Piracy The Italian Strategy to Protect Nationals and Ships (p. 51)
    Conceptualizing Maritime Security, Piracy and Terrorism (p. 53)
    The European Maritime Security Strategy (p. 64)
    Maritime Security in the Italian Jurisdiction (p. 71)
    What Kind of Risk? (p. 74)
    Conclusions (p. 76)
  • Fighting illegal trafficking at sea (p. 78)
    Drug trafficking (p. 79)
    Acts against the trafficking of arms and goods (p. 89)
    Curb human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants (p. 95)
    Conclusions (p. 102)
  • Italian strategies for energy security in the Mediterranean (p. 105)
    Italy as a strategic Mediterranean hub (p. 108)
    The defense of Mediterranean energy infrastructures (p. 112)
    The new Mediterranean energy challenges (p. 116)
  • Conclusion (p. 121)
  • References (p. 130)
  • About the Authors (p. 148)

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