Rethinking the protection of the sea lines of communication



Publication Details

Forbes, A. (2009). Rethinking the protection of the sea lines of communication. In J. Veitch (Eds.), Strategic Manoeuvres: Security in the Asia-Pacific (pp. 155-168). New Zealand: Centre for Strategic Studies: New Zealand.


Since the end of World War II, there has been a prolonged period of economic development and growth in global gross domestic product, facilitated by seaborne trade, where many countries adopted export-led economic policies for their economic development and growth.The protection of trade and shipping has taken on a greater strategic significance in the 21" century, not least due to the increasing interdependence between countries through the globaJising impact of seaborne trade, and specifically due to the high demand for fossil fuels and associated energy flows.

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