Supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar. Iran has demanded the release of the tanker detained in Gibraltar by Britain. Photo: AFP Supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar. Iran has demanded the release of the tanker detained in Gibraltar by Britain. Photo: AFP
Supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar. Iran has demanded the release of the tanker detained in Gibraltar by Britain. Photo: AFP
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

The detention of an Iranian oil tanker is a test case for Western hypocrisy about the global order

  • Several factors complicate the UK seizure of the Iranian ship. Did the UK have the right to impose EU sanctions on an Iranian vessel, or did it break UN laws? Other countries are waiting to see how the existing global order will be upheld

Supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar. Iran has demanded the release of the tanker detained in Gibraltar by Britain. Photo: AFP Supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar. Iran has demanded the release of the tanker detained in Gibraltar by Britain. Photo: AFP
Supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar. Iran has demanded the release of the tanker detained in Gibraltar by Britain. Photo: AFP
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Mark J. Valencia

Mark J. Valencia

Dr Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He is the author or editor of some 15 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently he is adjunct senior scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies.