President Obama released this memorandum regarding national policy on the stewardship of oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes on June 12, 2009.
Seaborne commerce remains the linchpin of the global economy. And beyond trade, a host of other issues, ranging from climate change and energy to defense and piracy, ensure that the oceans will hold considerable strategic interest well into the future. In this report, Scott G. Borgerson explores an important element of the maritime policy regime: the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He examines the international negotiations that led to the convention, the history of debates in the United States over whether to join it, and the strategic importance of the oceans for U.S. foreign policy today.
Overfishing and environmental strain have put U.S. oceans in serious trouble. CFR's Scott Borgerson says a new report by the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative lays out a blueprint for better marine management.
Land-based epidemics aren't the only thing we should be worried about, says Laura H. Kahn.
The Premier of Greenland and representatives of Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States held a conference on May 28, 2008 in Ilulissat, Greenland. They agreed upon this declaration about the sovereignty of the Arctic region and how the five nations bordering the Arctic Ocean can address the effects of climate change in the region.
Scott G. Borgerson testifies before the U.S. Senate on a current and evolving policy framework for managing Canada's fisheries and oceans.
With the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea awaiting consideration by the full Senate, speakers address the issues surrounding the treaty and examine the coalitions that have moved it forward after more than 25 years.
Scott Borgerson writes that “coastal shipping has the potential to strengthen the resilience of America's transportation system – an important national security objective.”
The White House is pressing for Senate ratification of the Law of the Sea treaty. Some worry it will endanger national security and harm U.S. industry.
Wrangling over international quotas for bluefin tuna highlights the broader problem of an overall decline in wild fish stocks.
Ellen K. Pikitch, executive director for the Pew Institute for Ocean Science, outlines the state of global fisheries management.
Those who worry about the vulnerability of the world's oil shipping lanes should calm down. Oil tankers are more resilient than often presumed, and only the United States has the capability to seriously disrupt maritime traffic -- which it will not do.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has released the 2006 State of the World's Fisheries.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
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