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Portuguese Marinha (Navy) Lt. Estela Parreira (left), head of the English Language Department at the School of Naval Technologies in Lisbon, presents “The World of Maritime Piracy: The Last Two Decades” to Marcia Hampton, library director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies’ Research Library, July 20 at the Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Also pictured is Steven Monaco, professor of Counter Illicit Trafficking and program director of the Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking resident program. Parreira, who was one of three translators who converted the book from Portuguese to English, was presenting the book on behalf of the author – Portuguese Marinha (Navy) Cmdr. Henrique Nelson, deputy commander of the School of Naval Technologies.  For more photos, visit the Marshall Center Photo Gallery. (Marshall Center photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amanda Moncada)

By Christine June
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (July 24, 2015) – “The World of Maritime Piracy: The Last Two Decades” is now among 80,000 books at the Research Library at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies thanks to a donation from the author during a presentation held here July 20.

Portuguese Marinha (Navy) Lt. Estela Parreira, head of the English Language Department at the School of Naval Technologies in Lisbon, presented the book on behalf of the author, Portuguese Marinha (Navy) Cmdr. Henrique Nelson, deputy commander of the School of Naval Technologies.

“The book covers the history of the last two decades of maritime piracy,” said Parreira, who was at the Marshall Center facilitating a new course for the Partner Language Training Center, Europe.  “It provides the reader with the coverage of all statically data, events and what has the transnational community has been doing to counter piracy.”

Parreira was one of three translators transcribing the book from Portuguese to English. “It was very technical and factual, and we wanted to maintain the terminology used so it would give the reader the true sense of the research and analysis of the original work,” said Pareira, who added that it took six months to translate the book. 

Attending the presentation was Marcia Hampton, Marshall Center’s Research Library director, and Steven Monaco, professor of Counter Illicit Trafficking and program director of the Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking resident program.

"We especially appreciate receiving gift books to add to our resource collection,” Hampton said.  “This book is very relevant, and it’s unlikely that we would’ve known it existed without this donation. The effort to translate the book from Portuguese into English will make the book accessible to so many more participants.”

The Research Library supports the educational, informational and research programs of the Marshall Center with a collection of graduate-level research materials spanning the spectrum of political, economic, social, and military issues in Europe and Eurasia with in-depth holdings on crisis and conflict management, national and regional security, democracy, terrorism, and disarmament. This collection includes more than 80,000 books in Russian, English, and German, 200 current periodical subscriptions, 1,200 periodical titles in paper and microform formats and holdings of specialized documents and reports.

The mission of the Marshall Center, as a vital instrument of German-American cooperation, is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships; promoting active, peaceful, whole-of-government approaches to address transnational and regional security challenges; and creating and enhancing enduring partnerships worldwide.