Funnel of Trouble. The Straits of Malacca and Singapore
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The primary concern of this essay is to review the strategic significance of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore as they relate to the overall problem of freedom of the seas. Literature from the United States Army War College Library, the University of Washington Library, as well as material from the Seattle, Washington and King County Public Libraries were consulted. The geography and history of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore have combined to produce an extremely sensitive situation, which is of vital interest to the major industrial nations of the world, as well as all nations in the eastern littoral of the Indian Ocean, or the southwestern littoral of the Western Pacific. These two significant bodies of water affect not only the balance of power and the economic well-being of Asia, but the longrange settlement of the legal and actual status of all of the 115 straits throughout the world. In doing research for this essay, the author has considered logical alternatives and made recommendations which should form the basis of United States policy for dealing with this complex problem.
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