International Law

Republican Secretaries of State Endorse Law of the Sea Treaty

By John Bellinger
Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 10:15 PM

Raff has noted in recent posts some of the conservative opposition to the U.N. Law of the Sea Convention.  But the treaty is supported by many senior Republican officials.  Last Thursday all of the living Republican Secretaries of State -- Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Baker, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice -- signed a joint op-ed in the Wall Street Journal urging the Senate to approve the treaty.  They argue:  "The continuing delay of U.S. accession to the convention compromises our nation's authority to exercise our sovereign interest, jeopardizes our national and economic security, and limits our leadership role in international ocean policy."   The Secretaries of State join every former Legal Adviser of the State Department, every former Chief of Naval Operations, and all of U.S. business -- the oil & gas, shipping, mining, and telecommunications industries -- in supporting the treaty.