Joint development agreements, disputed territory, and lessons from the Falkland Islands
In maritime disputes such as the South China Sea conflict, Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) are increasingly discussed as settlement mechanisms that can ensure the cooperative use of contested marine energy resources. However, to this day little is known about why only some states with competing claims opt to negotiate JDAs. This paper first proposes a theory that explains under which conditions states are willing to conclude JDAs and then investigates whether such resource-sharing agreements are a viable solution to the intractable maritime conflicts that involve disputed islands. The main argument is that where disputed territory is present, the political will to cooperate on sharing maritime resources is unlikely to materialize due the nationalist rhetoric employed by the claimant states, which frequently constitutes a lasting obstacle to compromise. To lend empirical support to this argument, an in-depth case study of the 1995 JDA between Argentina and the United Kingdom is presented.
This article originally appeared on the Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs
To access the full article >>
Israel Public Policy Institute (IPPI) serves as a platform for exchange of ideas, knowledge and research among policy experts, researchers, and scholars. The opinions expressed in the publications on the IPPI website are solely that of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IPPI.
Why Europe and the US Struggle to Fight Election Tampering Together
The shared fear of Russia’s military aggression has been a glue holding together the transatlantic security alliance. Since…
No Euro-Vision: The European Union’s Coverage in Israeli Media
The previous European legislative period witnessed some of the most challenging crises of the European Union (EU) such…