RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 3members only

Sea Power is Benign Power: The International Case for a Maritime Posture


International-relations theory suggests the UK should return to the less aggressive, maritime-focused strategy of offshore balancing

While it is a truism that British security and prosperity have their foundation in maritime power, this has not translated into a conceptualisation of sea power that can be of practical use to policy-makers and practitioners. David Blagden applies two crucial concepts in security studies to the UK’s contemporary situation and argues that a maritime grand strategy based on offshore balancing will serve the country well in the future.

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