April 25, 2012

Failure to Ratify the Law of the Sea Convention Will Increasingly Imperil U.S. Interests, Says CNAS Expert

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. 

Download
Security at Sea:
The Case for Ratifying the Law of the Sea Convention
.

Rogers
argues that ratifying LOSC will:

  • Strengthen
    U.S. counterpiracy and counter weapons of mass destruction proliferation
    missions;
  • Increase
    America's ability to protect its interests in the Arctic, the South China
    Sea and the Caribbean Sea; and
  • Protect
    and enhance U.S. sovereignty by allowing the United States to make
    internationally recognized sovereign claims to its extended continental
    shelf and the natural resources lying beneath the seabed, including oil
    and natural gas reserves that will bolster U.S. domestic energy
    production.

"Failure
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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