Securing global commons:
A small state perspective
Mika Aaltola, Joonas Sipilä, Valtteri Vuorisalo
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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SECURING ACCESS TO GLOBAL COMMONS IS CRUCIAL FOR A SMALL STATE
The securing of the sea-, air-, space-, and cyber-based global flows solidifies the vital structures of global interdependence. Securing access to these flows can be seen as crucial for a small state, which is relatively more dependent on global interlinkages due to its more specialized economy.
Until now, the dynamics of deepening global interlinkages have been based on increased mutual dependency and specialization. These dynamics have created a global community that is defined by knowledge, technology, financing, and production-based structures of capability. There is a vital need to solidify these underlying loose networks and to develop a more coherent and up-to-date normative framework concerning access to the global commons.