The Implications of the Achille Lauro Hijacking for the Maritime Community

by Jeffrey D. Simon

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This paper was originally presented at the First International Workshop on Violence at Sea, San Jose, California, March 17-19, 1986. It reviews the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship on October 3, 1985, and in light of that event, considers (1) the prospects that terrorist attacks at sea will become a regular form of international terrorism, (2) the need for improved security measures at ports and aboard ships; and (3) the feasibility of designing and implementing an intelligence-sharing network for the maritime community.

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