Using Diplomacy to Promote Sustainable Port Security in Foreign Ports

The United States Coast Guard's International Port Security (IPS) Program is the focus of this article. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States Congress passed legislation – The Maritime Transportation Security Act (2002) – to increase security at U.S. ports. At the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard implemented the Act, effectively expanding its security duties globally. The result was the development of the IPS program. Currently, the IPS program, through international port security liaison officers (IPSLOs), works with 88 maritime trading partner countries to develop anti-terrorism measures at port facilities. IPS efforts have reduced the risk of terrorist attacks at both U.S. and international ports, as well as developed diplomatic relationships with trading partners, effectively aiding U.S government strategic goals in working with foreign governments.


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  • Accession Number: 01146000
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2009 6:10PM