Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The purpose of this paper is to consider the rather vague claims to closed seas by the Soviet Union and to determine what direction these claims are taking. The first part of the paper deals with the history and development of the closed seas concept and expands it into the present day claims in this area. It attempts to show how some of the past claims have remained over the years and how some of the others have progressed to claims of historic waters. In the final section an attempt is made to show some method for resolving some of the problems that have been shown by projecting a regime which might be used to satisfy both the Soviet Union and the United States for future control of these seas and like seas of other nations.