Monday, April 4, 2016

Maritime Awareness Project talk

Some of you might be interested in this event happening Thursday, April 14th:

The National Bureau of Asian Research and Sasakawa USA
You are cordially invited to join us for
Introducing the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP)
Featuring a keynote address by

Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, Jr.
Director, Navy Staff, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Reception to follow

Navy Memorial and Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW | Washington, D.C. 20004
If you wish to attend, please RSVP here
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and Sasakawa USA invite you to join us for the launch of the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP), a new joint initiative to assist policymakers, the press, and interested public in better understanding critical maritime problems and possible routes to their peaceful resolution. MAP features a unique, interactive website encompassing key data at the heart of ongoing maritime disputes as well as related maritime issues. In addition, a group of the world's top experts on maritime affairs serve as contributors to an ongoing series of analytical papers, online discussions, and MAP seminars and conferences.

This event will feature a timely, high-level discussion on competing sovereignty claims in the South China Sea as well as on broader security concerns in the maritime domain. Leading maritime experts will discuss the complex economic, political, and military stakes affected by the South China Sea disputes. They will examine how the dispute will have implications across the maritime domain and offer suggestions on possible ways to mitigate tensions and move toward resolution.


Rommel Banlaoi 
Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research

Dennis Blair 
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Ja Ian Chong 
National University of Singapore

Richard J. Ellings 
The National Bureau of Asian Research

M. Taylor Fravel 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mikkal Herberg 
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Jeffrey Hornung 
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Nong Hong 
Institute for China-America Studies

Karolos J. Karnikis 
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Tiffany Ma 
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Shafiah F. Muhibat 
Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia

Tabitha Mallory 
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Justin Nankivell 
Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Sumathy Permal 
Maritime Institute of Malaysia

Ian J. Storey 
ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
The disputed waters of the South China Sea are a vital artery for regional trade. Long a fishing ground for seafarers along its rim and containing fields of hydrocarbon reserves, the sea is also an important resource base for claimant states. Resolution of competing claims and agreement on acceptable activities in surrounding exclusive economic zones remains elusive. Broader competition among regional powers and modernization of regional countries' navies and coast guard capabilities put additional stress on an already volatile situation. The United States has made clear its interest in maintaining freedom of navigation throughout the world, and finds itself increasingly under pressure by other states—especially those with interests in the South China Sea—to uphold that commitment.
1:00-1:45 p.m. | INTRODUCTION

1:45-3:00 p.m. | PANEL
Understanding the Complexities of the South China Sea Dispute

3:15-4:30 p.m. | PANEL
Traditional and Nontraditional Security Concerns in the Maritime Domain

4:30-4:45 p.m. | KEYNOTE ADDRESS

4:45-5:00 p.m. | CONCLUSION

5:00-6:30 p.m. | RECEPTION

If you wish to attend, please RSVP here.

For media inquiries, please contact: Mr. Xiaodon Liang or (202) 347-9767.

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