Washington, April 25, 2012 — While the United States has protected its maritime interests without ratifying the Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC), the rise of modern navies and unconventional security threats are making this approach increasingly risky and will imperil U.S. national security interests. The U.S. Senate must act now to protect the nation's maritime interests by approving LOSC, argues Will Rogers in Security at Sea: The Case for Ratifying the Law of the Sea Convention, released today by CNAS.
Rogers argues that ratifying LOSC will:
to ratify LOSC will cede to other countries America's ability to shape the
interpretation and execution of the convention and protect the provisions that
support the existing international order," writes Rogers. "It will
also complicate America's ability to address maritime challenges in the Arctic
and South China Sea, inhibit America's ability to drill for oil and gas offshore
and allow other countries to lay claim to strategic energy and mineral reserves
located in the high seas."
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