The seas are a source of wealth and an arena for conflicts
The question that always arises is whether maritime security is a purely legal issue, i.e. respect by States for the contents of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Or is it the de facto ability of a state to protect its international trade through strategic waterways? Or the ability to deal with anticipated marine disasters?
Dr. Ashraf Keshk, Senior Research Fellow