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Smooth Sailing:The World's Shipping Lanes Are Safe

Authors: Dennis C. Blair, Former Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Command, and Kenneth Lieberthal
May/June 2007
Foreign Affairs


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.

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