The Modern Political Map of Our Ocean Planet

Author
Coalter G. Lathrop
Content Type
Research Paper
Institution
Brown Journal of World Affairs
Abstract
On land, the political map of the world has been relatively stable since the end of World War II: with some significant exceptions, most countries are, spatially, as they were in 1945 or shortly thereafter. Land borders are mostly set, and the major state-to-state territorial disputes that persist today are—again, with some notable exceptions—disputes over relatively small areas, mostly tiny insular features with negligible inherent value.
Topic
International Relations, Geopolitics, Navy, Oceans and Seas, Cartography
Political Geography
Global Focus