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Official US Rationale for the Iraq Intervention Presented

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The American approach to countering crimes at sea has been primarily to treat the phenomena as one engaging the paradigm of civilian maritime law enforcement, rather than as a military effort exercising rights emanating from binding Security Council resolutions or the inherent right of self defense. US efforts have been exclusively based on the traditional law of the sea, fully respecting the exclusive jurisdiction of the flag State over vessels claiming its protection while in international waters. This chapter describes developments since March 2005 in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and in amending the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA). It also describes the United States' approach to maritime law enforcement, and forecasts an opportunity at the UN in 2008 for advancing international maritime security needs and initiatives. Finally, it identifies a forum for advancing international maritime security needs and initiatives.

Keywords: international waters; maritime law enforcement; maritime security; Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI); Safety of Maritime Navigation; SUA; Suppression of Unlawful Acts; UN; United States



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