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Maritime Security Challenges.

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Maritime Security Challenges.

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Maritime Security Challenges Virtual Sessions

The Maritime Security Challenges Virtual Sessions will debut on 20 and 22 October 2020, as it focuses on Great Power competition in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

The Maritime Security Challenges Sessions continue on Wednesday 2 December 2020 with a focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has been impacting the world’s navies and the maritime industry:

MSC Virtual Session 3: Wednesday, 2 December, 16h00 (4:00 pm) Pacific Standard Time

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for people on land – extended quarantines, greatly curbed economic activity, and new health measures, to name a few – are plainly visible, but the effects of the coronavirus at sea are much less apparent. While there have been some high-profile examples, such as the COVID-19 outbreak on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in late March, what has been remarkable, since about 90% of all goods travel the seas at some point, is that civilian and naval ships have not been as badly struck. However, this is not to say that navies, naval budgets and programs, and merchant ships have escaped unscathed. Dr Collin Koh, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore and a keen observer of Asian naval affairs, and Dr Sal Mercogliano, a naval historian at Campbell University and a noted commentator of the civilian maritime sector, will offer their insights on how the pandemic is playing out on the world’s oceans and ports. 

“COVID-19 and the Pacific Navies” – Dr. Collin Koh, Research Fellow, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


“COVID-19 and the civilian maritime sector” Dr. Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Associate Professor of History, Campbell University


Moderator: Captain(N) Scott Robinson, Deputy Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, Royal Canadian Navy

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“China’s Vision for World Order and its Belt and Road Initiative” – Ms. Nadège Rolland, Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs, National Bureau of Asian Research

Video of MSC Virtual Presentation 1


“An Update on the South China Sea” – Mr. Greg Poling, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia and Director, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Video of MSC Virtual Presentation 2



And Mark Your Calendars:

MSC22, the next in-person MSC meeting, will take place in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on 22-24 March 2022.