, Volume 88, Number 1

Margaret Blunden

The interests of the non-Arctic trading states, and of the European Union, more inclined to view the Arctic Ocean as part of the 'common heritage of mankind' are potentially different from those of Russia, and indeed of Canada in respect of the North East passage, both determined to maintain their exclusive national jurisdiction over emerging sea lanes through their territorial waters. Great issues are at stake. The emergence of new sea lanes has historically impacted heavily on the international balance of power. Where the merchant fleets go, navies will shortly follow.

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