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Washington Times: Polar Diplomacy

Author: Paula J. Dobriansky
April 17, 2009


Paula J. Dobriansky argues that the continuing success of the Antarctic Treaty at its 50th anniversary offers policymakers a powerful diplomatic template on which to combat pressing security, economic, and environmental challenges in the region.

Excerpt: The Antarctic Treaty turns 50 this year, and the United States marked this milestone by hosting, from April 6 through Friday, the Treaty Consultative Meeting in Baltimore and Washington.

The treaty is a major accomplishment, negotiated during a difficult time in international relations and fusing bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. It has secured decades of valuable security, diplomatic and scientific cooperation and promises to deliver more of the same in years to come.

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