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Law of the Sea

Beijing Flouts International Tribunal Ruling -- Just Like Western Powers

Graham Allison | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Graham Allison

No permanent member of the U.N. Security Council has ever complied with a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on an issue involving the Law of the Sea.

The United States Should Ratify The Law Of The Sea Convention

Rep. Eliot Engel | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Rep. Eliot Engel

Under the Law of the Sea Convention, The Philippines challenged China's so-called "nine-dash-line," a line of demarcation in the South China Sea that China's government cites to justify its territorial claims.

Governing the High Seas

Peter Neill | Posted 04.15.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

The earth's surface is more than 70% ocean, supporting our claim that our planet would have best been called "Aqua," more water than land, a sea of blue connecting the remaining disconnected green, where has been concentrated the history of human activity, for better or for worse.

Freedom of Navigation in a Chinese Gulag

Peter Navarro | Posted 02.04.2017 | Politics
Peter Navarro

Now Beijing wants to do for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea what it has long done for freedom of speech on mainland China: Suppress, deny, and obliterate it.

International Law: The Case of Turkey

Constantine Tzanos | Posted 12.14.2016 | Home
Constantine Tzanos

In the aftermath of the downing of the Russian jet by Turkey, on 27 November 2015, Greek prime minister Tsipras tweeted to Turkish prime minister, Ah...

Sand Wars

Peter Neill | Posted 08.11.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

The impact on the environment is enormous, with measurable destructive consequence for biodiversity, land loss, hydrological function, water supply, infrastructure, climate, landscape and extreme events.

The Philippines vs. China: The Real Fight in the South China Sea

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.17.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

While the Philippines is waging the snail's pace legal warfare, China is dramatically altering facts on the ground on a daily basis. By all means, the real struggle in the South China Sea is to protect your position on the ground, defending every inch of your territorial claim lest others will Darwin you out.

Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.28.2014 | Home
Conn Hallinan

The past six months have seen an incredible ratcheting up of tensions in the East and South China Seas, where the world's three largest economies are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of territorial disputes, competing alliances, and historical grievances.

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part 3)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Our series on the new Global Ocean Commission report, From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean, continues this week, addressing...

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

This initiative represents a powerful and focused effort on the part of international leaders to regenerate and refocus our collective energy on solutions that respond most directly to the intervening negative circumstances that have challenged the world ocean ecosystem to its core.

Netherlands Sets Fresh Course vs. Moscow on Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise Seizure and Arrests

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Netherlands is in a unique position to assert the rule of law in the case of the Arctic Sunrise, beyond the consideration of the ship's registration. The Netherlands is home to several major international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

The Other Final Frontier: Energy Development in the Emergent North

Peter Gardett | Posted 10.06.2013 | Green
Peter Gardett

New evidence that the far northern reaches of the globe are becoming increasingly passable and habitable means that the last 100 years may be seen as just a break in the story of development and settlement.

Ocean Bio-Prospecting

Peter Neill | Posted 09.11.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

We all know that the ocean is a valuable source of protein. We don't all know the true value of the ocean as a pharmacological source with deep implication for the development of new medicines for present and future diseases.

Time for a South China Sea Council

Scott J. Shackelford | Posted 08.18.2013 | Home
Scott J. Shackelford

With some luck, a pole of peace could be replicated to cool tensions in a regional hotspot. And you never know, before long the Arctic nations could be applying to the SCSC for observer status.

Restoring America's Oceans Leadership

John Norton Moore | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
John Norton Moore

By the continual erosion of our nation's oceans leadership, badly needed American jobs are lost. The consequences are also serious as to how we are viewed by other nations.

'Green News Report' - June 28, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Record heat...

'Green News Report' - June 26, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.26.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Summer of F...

Law of the Sea: A National Security Issue That Unites

Sen. John Kerry | Posted 08.14.2012 | DC
Sen. John Kerry

Conventional wisdom tells us that with the presidential campaign season upon us, the United States Senate is closed for business. On the Foreign Relations Committee, we're working now to prove conventional wisdom wrong.

Lost at Sea

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had it right when she recently testified that "ideology" and "mythology," not facts, were behind conservative Republican senators' opposition to the UN Law of the Sea Treaty.

Fighting Pirates With Paper: How the Law of the Sea Is Important in the Fight Against Piracy

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 03.01.2012 | Home
Mark V. Vlasic

We cannot fight piracy with our U.S. fleet alone. Fortunately, on this issue, the world is on our side, and one of the most powerful weapons available is within our reach.

The Military and the Commons

David Morris | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
David Morris

2011 is a historical moment. A worldwide movement has arisen to defend and expand the commons at the same time strong sentiment exists in this country that we cannot continue to police the world.

New START Signals a New Start on Treaties

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Kraus

Much can be learned from the successful passage of the New START treaty. Here are seven lessons for policymakers to consider as they move forward.

Private Security Contractors at Sea: The Reasons They Really May Be "All at Sea"

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Isenberg

It will come as no surprise that, given the attacks by Somali pirates, recent years have seen a marked increase in the call for using private security contractors to protect commercial shipping

Plunder Baby Plunder

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

The survival of the communities living in the Arctic Ocean region depends on steady supplies of food and sea ice, both of which are already threatened by climate change.

The CIA and the Sea

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helvarg

During construction of the 619-foot Glomar Explorer, several cover stories had been considered, including the idea that it was treasure hunting for lost Spanish galleons full of gold.