Saltwater Geopolitics in North America

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Ed Atkins explores, throughout a historical account, the location of the oceans within global security and geopolitics via the analysis of the oceans of North America. In doing so, he argues that contemporary geopolitics appears to be returning to the work of Mahan (1920) by focusing on a characterization of the maritime space as an arena of flows—of goods traded, of energy supplied, and of population movement. He recognizes the relative harmony of the oceans of North America in comparison with those of China and India, which are used as points of reference. Oceans of North America are explored through two selected historical case studies (USA–Canada and Mexico–USA), providing a means to understand how the territorialization of maritime spaces has occurred and becomes contested.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWidening the Scope of Environmental Policies in North America
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Blue Approaches
EditorsGustavo Sosa-Nunez
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-56236-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-56235-3
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Aug 2017

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