Academic journal article Military Review

Conflict and Cooperation in the Global Commons: A Comprehensive Approach for International Security

Academic journal article Military Review

Conflict and Cooperation in the Global Commons: A Comprehensive Approach for International Security

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CONFLICT AND COOPERATION IN THE GLOBAL COMMONS: A Comprehensive Approach for International Security

Scott Jasper, ed., Georgetown University Press, Washington, D.C., 2012, 280 pages

Conflict and Cooperation in the Global Commons is a collection of essays edited by Scott Jasper covering various aspects of the global commons--namely the maritime, air, space, and cyber domains. The volume describes in detail the background of regulatory approaches in each domain and discusses current practices and issues. It then proposes a multi-layered, whole-of-government, whole-of-nations approach to security in the global commons. The book specifically highlights the importance of cooperation as a prerequisite needed to harness the disparate elements of American national power, to include the political, diplomatic, economic, and military realms.

Having put its own house in order, the United States would, according to this book, need to then incentivize collaboration between nations and between the public and private sectors to produce streamlined, efficient regulatory environments encompassing all actors. The book also introduces an important by-product of globalization, the principle of economic entanglement where countries form interdependent ties that make conflict self-damaging and cooperation mutually beneficial. Creating entanglement in all aspects of national interest is a helpful concept in considering solutions to trends like the rise of China, whose influence reaches into all domains in the commons.

Although the book covers a wide range of ground and provides the reader a good understanding of the commons and the issues associated with them, it falls short when it comes to formulating a solution to those issues. …

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