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Law, Force and Diplomacy at Sea
Law, Force and Diplomacy at Sea
By Ken Booth
Allen & Unwin, 1985, 231 pp

In the recent treaty negotiations on the law of the sea the principle of freedom of the seas, important to the major naval powers, was often at odds with the claims and desires of coastal states. In general, the United States came off fairly well in safeguarding its positions relevant to naval strategy and to what the author calls "naval diplomacy," but its rejection of the treaty (on another issue, the exploitation of the seabed) and the trend toward "territorialization" of the seas may make them more difficult to maintain in the future. On the entire subject of the law of the sea from the standpoint of naval strategy and operations Booth writes with authority and originality, and he may even succeed in his secondary aim of making military strategists and international lawyers more intelligible to each other.