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.
The sooner the new administration lays out the contours of the agreement it wants on climate change, the better the odds that it will be able to deliver. In this Huffington Post article, Michael Levi suggests a 5 point strategy for UN climate negotiations.
This paper examines China's foreign policy toward Taiwan. Chong-Pin Lin writes that China has softened its stance over Taiwan's sovereignty and that the US government should try to better understand China’s complex domestic factors that affect its approach to Taiwan.
Speakers: John Norton Moore and James Watkins Presider: Scott G. Borgerson
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.
The Treaty of Lisbon amended the EU's two core treaties, the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community. It was signed on December 13, 2007 and entered into force on December 1, 2009.
President George Bush gave this order on July 20, 2007, which states that members of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Taliban "are unlawful enemy combatants who are not entitled to the protections that the Third Geneva Convention provides to prisoners of war." This order was revoked in 2009 by Executive Order 13491, which reaffirms U.S. commitments to international treaties related to the treatment of detainees.
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The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
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.
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