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Law of the Sea Negotiations
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Law of the Sea Negotiations

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The Law of the Sea is an international treaty which defines the responsibilities of nations on how to use the world’s oceans.   This packet is a designed reproduction on some informal discussions about the United States’ position and stakes during the negotiations.   Under President Gerald Ford, the committee for negotiating the Law of the Sea was highly concerned with the rights and control of deep-sea mining.  These documents seem to also suggest that the committee was disorganized, resulting in the resignation of Mr. John Norton Moore, the Deputy Special Representative of the President for the Law of the Sea and Chairman of the National Security Council Interagency Task Force for the Law of the Sea.    

The Law of the Sea entitles nations to the waters 200 miles beyond their coast line.  But today, China is not honoring this agreement by claiming a different set of rules known as the “N-dash” line which entitles the county to claim nearly all of the South China Sea, a water rumored to possess immense deep-sea wealth.   

Clinton Radio Address
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Clinton Radio Address

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On June 1, 2017, President Trump withdrew from the Paris Agreement— a non-binding agreement between parties across the planet to do their part in mitigating global warming.   

This packet is a designed reproduction of a marked draft of President Clinton’s radio address in 1998 on global warming and its urgency.  Many of the notes suggest language alternations that more clearly connect climate change to economic necessity.