Throughout history, the oceans have played a major role in geo-politics. nations states have depended on the seas for their economies, for political power and for military effectiveness. The critical importance of the oceans is once again reflected in national and international arenas. Freedom of the seas and resource management for the oceans have become two major issue areas, bringing some nations into conflict while creating new alliances between other states.
Judith T. Kildow,
The Law of the Sea: Alliances and Divisive Issues in International Ocean Negotiations,
San Diego L. Rev.
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