8. Promoting Access to the Exclusive Economic Zone

James Kraska

in Maritime Power and the Law of the Sea

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199773381
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895298 | DOI:
8. Promoting Access to the Exclusive Economic Zone

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This chapter discusses the United States' indifference and neglect for a strategic view of oceans law and maritime diplomacy. The United States has not been effective in managing operational access to the oceans in a manner that will maintain freedom of the seas in the littoral regions. In the past, the power of the American fleet assuaged concerns about coastal state activism. But now, the emerging politics inside the United States, in foreign nations, and at international organizations is against a liberal order of the oceans. Since American military and grand strategy is dependent upon unimpeded access to the littoral oceans for expeditionary sea-air-land operations, it is imperative that the country realign the way it develops oceans law and policy. The United States is in need of a new direction in maritime diplomacy.

Keywords: United States; maritime diplomacy; maritime policy; oceans law; freedom of the seas

Chapter.  23196 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law

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