In The International Ocean Institute-Canada (ed), The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development. Leiden, Brill/Nijhoff, 2018, pp. 162-168.
Previously neglected maritime boundary disputes are acquiring newfound economic, political, and academic significance. Rising sea levels, changing distributions of marine natural resources, and growing demand for those resources have combined to create a ‘perfect storm’ for policy-making, diplomacy, and research. When surveying the world’s maritime boundaries, it becomes clear that hundreds of disputes have been resolved. However, why states resolve their disputes, and with what motivation, is often unclear.