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Patterns of Maritime Conflicts: 1900-2010

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U.S. Pacific Fleet
SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 27, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) transits the South China Sea.

Both the U.S. and China have accused the other of militarizing the South China Sea—China has been creating islands to back its territorial claims, and the U.S. has sent military ships and planes near the disputed islands.

On this edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with political scientist Sara Mitchell of the University of Iowa about various maritime disputes. She has reviewed patterns of maritime conflicts going back to the early 1900s.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River