UNITED NATIONS: A Constitution for the Seas

At long last, a treaty sets the rules for the world's waters

By any measure, it was a monumental achievement. "I've served in nine presidential-appointed offices, but nothing was as tough and complex as this," said Elliot Richardson, the chief U.S. delegate to the Third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea. "It was like playing no-limit poker and three-dimensional chess at the same time." Richardson, who served as both Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare during the Nixon Administration, was talking about the negotiations for a Law of the Sea treaty, which came to...

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