A World Ocean Mediterranean
Borgerson, Scott G.
- Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: Technology is increasingly "shrinking" the world, yet we continue to accept the artificial division of the world's waters. The goal of this paper is to break this false paradigm by defining the World Ocean, and with an appreciation for current oceanic affairs, r... read moreeconceptualize the earth's salt water for what it is: a unified, interconnected body of water with universal economic, social, and military implications. The Mediterranean Sea provides a useful case study of how human interaction has evolved previously when man has conquered oceanic space with new technologies. The World Ocean, like the Mediterranean, has evolved in terms of trade, the projection of power, and the movement of cultures and people as a maritime conduit connecting nations. The speed and efficiency with which commercial and military ships transit the globe continue to reduce the barrier of distance, and the World Ocean can now be conceptualized in Mediterranean terms. Viewing the World Ocean Mediterranean with a global perspective helps illuminate broad historical currents, provides valuable insight into understanding the world today, and helps identify both threats and opportunities the world will likely face in the future.read less