By B. Germond

In an age of uncertainties inspired through info applied sciences and the networking of societies, the maritime area continues to be the most worldwide lane of communique, very important for alternate and defense.

The ecu Union has develop into a maritime actor, engaging in counter-piracy and maritime capacity-building operations and actively facing maritime security, fisheries security, port safeguard, maritime surveillance and counter-immigration at sea.

The Union's regulations, mechanisms and actions on the topic of the maritime area at the moment are sponsored through a Maritime defense procedure, followed through the Council in June 2014.

This innovative ebook debts for the traits in maritime technique and seapower politics in addition to the hot advancements within the box, either on the conceptual and useful point. It discusses the importance of the maritime area for eu protection in most cases and for the european specifically.

Readers are supplied with the mandatory instruments to seriously examine the EU's strength as an international maritime actor and evaluation why Europe's prosperity and safety rests on its means to form occasions at sea.

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The sea is the land’s other. Compared to the land’s stability the sea is unpredictable, uninhabitable, and largely ungoverned, thus, in imaginaries, mainly a place for adventurers or heroes. This representation has recurrently been present in the literature since Antiquity (Mentz, 2009). Philip E. Steinberg (1999: 411) especially emphasises the Romantics’ tendency to identify the sea as ‘a wild other’ while honouring ‘it as a space to be respected and, in some instances, idealized rather than vilified’.

G. transiting through the Bay of Biscay in winter can still be hazardous for small units, some of them having to call at Brest in case of very poor weather). High seabed constitutes another physical constraint in coastal areas or in certain shallow seas such as the Baltic and the Aegean seas. Secondly, from a legal perspective, the sea is a space of great liberty compared to the land. Indeed, under the UNCLOS, signed in Montego Bay in 1982 and entered into force in 1994, beyond the 12 nautical miles of territorial waters navies are authorised to operate without major legal constraint.

States conceive of the sea as a means (with navies being a tool) to project security including the projection of military power (realist vision) and normative power (liberal vision). In other words, seapower contributes to both national security and the promotion of the liberal international order. However, the sea, as a permanent element of the ecosystem and geography, also constrains states’ power, leverages and, eventually, security. As noted above, the nature of the sea has facilitated the proliferation of ill-disposed ‘rogue’ or criminal non-state actors operating at or from the sea.

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