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SILVA, Antonio Ruy de Almeida. The Enabling Power of the Oceans. Contexto int. [online]. 2017, vol.39, n.2, pp.237-244.  Epub May 08, 2017. ISSN 1982-0240.

The importance of the oceans to humankind has been studied throughout the centuries, including in the fields of co-operation and conflict. This think piece synthesises discussions in international politics of some of the characteristics of oceans, especially discussions in the strategic-military domain, It contests those who consider oceans as a “barrier”, and alternatively defends that oceans are a critical enabler that allows the generation of wealth, projection of military forces, and the influence of the international politics in war or peace.

Keywords : International Politics; International Security; Military Power; Sea Power; Naval Power.

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