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Freedom Of Navigation And Navies

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Today's navies are faced with a number of challenges in today's maritime environment. These challenges include transnational criminal threats, environmental considerations, and ever-changing technologies in a dynamic political landscape. Freedom of navigation is essential for all navies to maneuver efficiently through these real challenges and threats. It allows coordinated force commanders a range of response options in their missions. The delicate balance between global mobility and coastal State sovereignty is well recognized. Tipping the scale one direction has rippling effects on commerce, global security, populations throughout the world, and diplomatic relations. While sovereignty must always be respected, it should not overshadow the equal importance of the inherent freedoms of the sea enjoyed by all nations. Freedom of navigation does not threaten internationally recognized sovereignty claims, but validates those rightfully recognized by the international community. Finally, freedom of navigation is essential for navies across the world to sustain global order.

Keywords: coastal State sovereignty; freedom of navigation; global mobility; global security; maritime environment



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