In Hydropolitiek, Haroon Sheikh analyzes the dynamics of the world’s seas.
Canals are being dug to create new sea connections, artificial islands are being created and countries are competing for access to the ports of island nations and for new routes along the melting North Pole. What do the shifting power relations at sea mean for the political world stage?
In Hydropolitiek, Haroon Sheikh analyzes the dynamics of the world’s seas. He describes the relationship between land and sea powers and between water and trade, as well as the innovative character of sea powers. He pays special attention to the role of the Netherlands and to the changing relationship between the US, a traditional maritime power par excellence, and China, traditionally a land force. By exposing historical patterns, Sheikh sheds light on the new connections and the dividing lines on the water from a political, economic and philosophical perspective.