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Oceans are teeming with life and are connected to society through history and culture, shipping and economic activity, geopolitics and recreation. (Shutterstock)

How a global ocean treaty could protect biodiversity in the high seas

International law does not meaningfully address biodiversity conservation in the high seas. We risk losing marine species before we have a chance to identify and understand them.
U.S. Navy ships operate in formation in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy)

Davos oblivious to one of free trade’s gravest threats

China's actions in the South China Sea are getting scant attention at Davos. But if the Chinese set a precedent for other rogue nations, there will be a profound impact on global free trade.
The tiny island nation Timor-Leste is fighting its large southern neighbour Australia over rights to an offshore oil and gas field. Adrees Latif/Reuters

What you need to know about Timor-Leste and Australia’s sea border fight

A conflict over the maritime border between the two countries has considerable implications for Timor-Leste’s future security, and its viability as an independent sovereign state.

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