Grey and White Hulls

An International Analysis of the Navy-Coastguard Nexus

  • Ian Bowers
  • Swee Lean Collin Koh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Ian Bowers, Swee Lean Collin Koh
    Pages 1-13
  3. Northeast Asia

  4. Southeast Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Truong-Minh Vu, The Phuong Nguyen
      Pages 73-94
    3. Swee Lean Collin Koh
      Pages 95-107
  5. Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Andreas Østhagen
      Pages 135-157
    3. Ingvill Moe Elgsaas, Liv Karin Parnemo
      Pages 181-200
  6. North and South America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Jonathan G. Odom
      Pages 203-222
    3. Nicole Jenne, María Lourdes Puente Olivera
      Pages 245-269
    4. Swee Lean Collin Koh, Ian Bowers
      Pages 271-279
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 281-292

About this book


This book undertakes an in-depth examination of the diversity in international approaches to the navy-coastguard nexus. It considers the evolving global maritime security landscape and the emergence and proliferation of maritime law enforcement agencies—collectively referred to here as “coastguards”—performing peacetime constabulary duties alongside navies. Through a cross-regional study of various countries worldwide, including those in Asia and Europe, this book reveals that there is no one optimal, “one size fits all” organizational structure. Instead, there is a wide array of drivers that influence a nation-state’s maritime security architecture and its organizational approach to managing security at sea, or broadly speaking, securing its national maritime interests.

Ian Bowers is an associate professor at the Centre for International Security, Norwegian Defence University College. His research focuses on sea power, deterrence, South Korean defence policy and military technology. He holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.

Collin Koh Swee Lean is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, a constituent unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). His research focuses on maritime security and naval affairs in the Indo-Pacific, focusing on Southeast Asia in particular.


Northeast Asia and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus China and the the Navy-Coastguard Nexus Japan and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus South Korea and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus Southeast Asia and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus Vietnam and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus Singapore and the the Navy-Coastguard Nexus Indonesia and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus Europe and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus The North Atlantic and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus Italy and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus Russia and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus United States and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus Canada and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus Argentina and the Navy-Coastguard Nexus

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Bowers
    • 1
  • Swee Lean Collin Koh
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal Danish Defence CollegeCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.S. Rajaratnam School of International StudiesNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

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