Incidents-at-Sea Agreement with Iran

There is a report out that a "Gulf prankster" could have been the source of the recent near-incident at sea between the US and Iran.  The whole event is leading some to push for an "incidents-at-sea" agreement between the US and Iran.  Under this agreement, a series of communications protocol would be established to verify that an action perceived to have come from one party was indeed not a provocation (or possibly to request aid from another party).

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Professor of International Relations at Bentley and a former adviser to negotiation team dealing with Iran, wrote in this opinion piece why such an agreement would be useful.  He looks to the role that Iran’s plays in the "stability" (read "not-total-chaos") of the region as one of the positive reasons for opening up dialog on the seas.

The US had such an agreement with the Soviet Union.  Here’s the State Department’s page on the "incidents-at-sea" agreement between the US and the Soviet Union.

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Posted on January 14, 2008
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