The ways and means described in this book constitute a road map for responsible members of the international community to work together, reduce tensions, resolve differences over maritime boundaries peacefully, and reap the rewards of a safer, stabler, and more prosperous world. This volume shows that the UN and its associated treaties, courts, and other institutions have developed a body of laws, rules, and procedures guiding the way to negotiated, peaceful outcomes. Mr. Baroudi’s book also points to rapid advances of science and technology that take much of the guesswork out of boundary delineation, making this route more reliable and user-friendly than ever before. The successful use of these mechanisms would set a useful example for the resolution of boundary disputes in other regions of the world. That, in turn would restore confidence in the international rules-based system and could pave the way for the settling of some of the world’s most troubling and dangerous disputes.
Praise for Maritime Disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean
“Major disputes, like those surrounding territory and access to natural resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, often require innovative solutions to achieve peace and unlock potential. In Maritime Boundaries by the Book, Roudi Baroudi has presented us with just that: a balanced, innovative, and positive message that can provide progress for a series of apparently insoluble problems. Using international law, highly detailed geo-data, and compelling economic logic, Baroudi makes a powerful case for compromise so that the states of the region can move beyond their costly disputes and reap the rewards of cooperation. Dr. Baroudi’s approach has much to teach us and will hopefully contribute to peaceful progress, if only the opposing sides will listen.”
—Andrew Novo, Associate Professor of Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He is an expert on Mediterranean history and politics.
“... An expert commentary and seminal work ... Using precise satellite imagery produced by the maritime boundary software used by the UN and by international courts and tribunals, Baroudi makes the following contention: when followed with a by-the-book approach, inclusive of all associated actors, and gaining precedent from successfully-resolved maritime issues, UNCLOS can be an effective tool in reaching legal certainty and mutual agreement of boundary conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
—Ambassador John B. Craig, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Combatting Terrorism, and former United States Ambassador
to Oman (appeared in The Hill, 2020)
“The energy resources of the Eastern Mediterranean can markedly improve the economies and lives of the people of the region. Or they can provoke more conflict in a part of the world where geopolitical tensions and war have been the norm. In this thoughtful and well-argued book, Roudi Baroudi provides a framework, based on the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty, guiding us down a path to an equitable and peaceful resolution of the maritime boundary issues that impede development of these resources. The countries of the region, as well as the United States and the European Union, should embrace Baroudi’s approach to reduce frictions and realize the benefits of this energy bounty.”
—Douglas Hengel, Professional Lecturer in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program Johns Hopkins University, SAIS and Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is also a retired State Department Diplomatic official.