Cooling Down the Rhetoric Surrounding Arctic “Conflicts”


While I’m taking pot shots at traditional media outlets (see below), I’ll second this important post by Betsy Baker, which I found via TWN reader Caitlyn Antrim’s invaluable Ocean Law Daily. The writer apparently just returned from her trip on the Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy and was as dismayed as I was to read this New York Times editorial, which gives readers the impression that five hostile nations are staring down gun barrels at each other across the Arctic Circle.
In fact, what’s currently happening is these five countries — Russia, Canada, Norway, Denmark, and the United States — are using legal means to advance their interests both aggressively and fairly. All are committed to the rule of law in the Arctic, with America’s absence from the Law of the Sea Convention the only gap in a universally recognized and respected legal regime.
— Scott Paul


2 comments on “Cooling Down the Rhetoric Surrounding Arctic “Conflicts”

  1. Mr.Murder says:

    Another item to Law of the Sea signatories may concern human trafficing and piracy, items the rendition cabal may have issues with.


  2. Mr.Murder says:

    Congress is tasked duty on the high seas. It was the States Rights’ clique loophole around management of the slave trade, vs. piracy abroad, and anti slavery interests here.
    Article I, Sec.VIII
    Thus The Law of the Seas languishes within the scope of negligence.
    There is offshore oil to be speculative over within the Bering Strait. We’ll butt heads there like we have with Castro in the Gulf.


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