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Maritime Security: Belgium’s interests and options

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As a trading nation with a strong maritime tradition (half of its trade is seaborne), a self-styled champion of regional integration, a proponent of the rule of law, and a pioneer in naval “pooling and sharing” practices, Belgium has a lot to contribute to the ongoing global discussion on maritime security. It has skills, experience and resources to share, that can provide useful additions, in terms of perspective and substance, to conflict prevention and conflict management perspectives in the maritime sphere. This report offers a new perspective on maritime security merging wider political considerations with narrower technical concerns and informed by Belgium’s experience.

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