In 1986, Lewis M. Alexander, a world-renowned marine geographer, prepared for the U.S. Department of Defense a report,
Navigational Restrictions within the New LOS Context: Geographical Implications for the United States.
Edited by J. Ashley Roach, the reformatted report is presented in five sections and includes 20 maps, illustrating the world’s international straits and major ocean navigation routes. Forty-three tables present the most comprehensive descriptions of the world’s straits used for international navigation, as well as identify various categories of maritime claims. What made the Report extraordinarily valuable in 1986, and which makes it equally valuable today, is the compilation of geographic data - not available elsewhere - describing the world’s straits used for international navigation and illustrations of the chokepoints and major international shipping trade routes.
Roach has faithfully reproduced Alexander’s seminal work by retaining the original structure and references. A table of defined terms and an index have been added.
Captain J. Ashley Roach, JAGC, U.S. Navy (retired), LL.M., George Washington University 1971, J.D. University of Pennsylvania 1963, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, 1988-2009, responsible for and has taught, advised and published extensively on law of the sea issues.
“…[I]t should be clear that the modern reader will readily find gems scattered throughout which were not only insightful for their day but continue to have relevance.”
Donald R. Rothwell,
Australian National University College of Law
Table of contents
Series Editor’s Foreword
Editor’s Note and Preface
List of Defined Terms
Navigational Restrictions within the New Los Context: Geographical
Implications for the United States
List of Maps
List of Tables
I The Ocean Enclosure Movement
II Narrow International Ocean Waterways
III Ocean Navigation Routes of Particular Importance to the United States
IV Transit Regions of the World
V A Regime of Navigational Inconsistencies for the Coming Decade and Its
Potential Impacts on U.S. Interests
All interested in the international straits, the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, and international law.