Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy
Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, currently serving as Oceans Policy Adviser and Chief, International Negotiations Division, Joint Staff. CDR Kraska holds an appointment as a Guest Investigator at the Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he served as an Office of the Chief of Naval Research post-doctoral fellow in Naval Oceanography and National Security.
Cmdr. James Kraska USN makes the conservative case for ratifying UNCLOS, arguing that the "treaty is the nation’s most effective means for resisting efforts by NGOs and others to diminish global freedom of the seas," and that only "a handful of influential conservatives are trashing the very treaty that best protects and promotes our interests."
The author argues that conservatives who argue against the Law of the Sea Convention may inadvertently help their own worst enemies by preventing the U.S. from resisting efforts to shape international laws in ways inimical to U.S. national security interests.