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UNCLOS Arbitration Award in the South China Sea Dispute

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Foreign Relations, Law of the Sea, News & Events  /  No Comments

By Ryan Poitras Background: In June 2016, the United Nations’ Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal handed out its final award in Philippines v. China. The dispute centers around various islands and maritime zones in the South China Sea, specifically in the Spratly archipelago [1]. China’s “nine-dash line” is based on a map of the South China […]

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Punitive Strikes, Keeping the Seas Safe

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Featured, International Law, International Security, Law of the Sea, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, Trending Topics  /  Comments Off on Punitive Strikes, Keeping the Seas Safe

  By Prescott Heighton Freedom of the seas and their safe navigation has been a fundamental principle of American international relations since the nation’s inception. It ensures the ability of American merchants to access markets overseas, thus helping secure our economy, and ultimately provide security and stability for the nation. The Quasi-War and the Barbary […]

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The Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement: A Predictor of America's Future National Security Obligations in the Arctic?

By   /  November 21, 2013  /  Economy / Trade, International Law, International Security, Law of the Sea, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

The rapidly diminishing amount of summer ice in the Arctic Ocean could potentially have a profound impact on America’s national security. This phenomenon has lead to an explosion of strategic interest in a region that was once an afterthought. If trends continue, the Arctic Ocean could become a modern version of the Mediterranean of antiquity […]

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