Chris Parry, a widely-known global security speaker, maritime strategist and former Rear Admiral, has released his new book, titled “Super Highway: Sea Power In The 21st Century” (Elliot & Thompson, 2014). Here, Chris argues that in the second decade of the 21st century, the sea is set to reclaim its status as the world’s pre-eminent strategic medium.
Almost everything that travels virtually between continents and states on the internet moves, in reality, as in previous eras of globalisation, across, under or over the sea. Chris makes the case that the next decade will witness a “scramble” for the sea, involving competition for oceanic resources and the attempted political and economic colonisation of large tracts of what have, until now, been considered international waters and shipping routes.
With space travel no longer on the agenda, the sea (the physical equivalent of the world-wide web) is effectively the world’s final undiscovered frontier and the potential arena for a classic ‘Great Game’between the major powers and developing states.
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