Partage de la mer et nouveaux conflits géopolitiques en Baltique

Abstract : The network of cooperation which has multiplied in the Baltic Sea since the fall of the Iron Curtain could almost be compared to a frozen lake without the smallest crack. The important conflicts there have nonetheless successfully revealed its strategic position on the European scale. The Cold War effectively built it into a militarized “no man’s land,” solidifying its role as a buffer between the two blocks. Even though NATO’s presence in the zone appears to diffuse the threat of a future armed conflict, the slight underlying tensions are accumulating, redrawing the lines of the geopolitical divide, further pushing the regions apart. The Sea not only represents a stage but also ever higher stakes for the new rivalries, impacted by the increased appropriation of liquid territory. The maritime confrontations translate in the Baltic region into renewed conflict which is the antithesis of the image of a peaceful and exemplary coalition.
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Nicolas Escach. Partage de la mer et nouveaux conflits géopolitiques en Baltique. Hérodote - Revue de géographie et de géopolitique, Elsevier Masson/La Découverte, 2016. ⟨halshs-01470238v2⟩

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