Admiral Charles D. Michel and Commander Scott Herman
This paper will cover the development of the use and import of regional bilateral agreements in countering illicit maritime activity. In the past thirty years, the Coast Guard has seen remarkable successes in the interdiction and prosecution of criminal offenses at sea. Much of this success can be linked to the nearly fifty bilateral agreements the Coast Guard maintains with partner nations around the globe. While the initial impetus behind these agreements was the fight against counternarcotics, they have grown into other global maritime areas such as migrant smuggling, fisheries, piracy, the suppression of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other unlawful acts at sea.