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ISSN 0102-8529 (Impresso)
1982-0240 (Online)
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Vol. 39, N° 2, 2017

Think Piece: The Enabling Power of the Oceans

Antonio Ruy de Almeida Silva


Abstract

The importance of the oceans to humankind has been studied throughout the centuries, including in the fields of co-operation and conflict. This think piece synthesises discussions in international politics of some of the characteristics of oceans, especially discussions in the strategic-military domain, It contests those who consider oceans as a “barrier”, and alternatively defends that oceans are a critical enabler that allows the generation of wealth, projection of military forces, and the influence of the international politics in war or peace.

Keywords: International Politics; International Security; Military Power; Sea Power; Naval Power.

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