MSC Program + Themes

Speakers, topics, and themes of discussion for
Maritime Security Challenges.

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MSC Speaker and Panelist Profiles

Information on speakers and panelists taking part in
Maritime Security Challenges.

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Maritime Security Challenges Virtual Sessions

After their successful debut in 2020, the Maritime Security Virtual Sessions will continue through the year 2021 until the next in-person MSC22 Conference, to take place in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on 22-24 March 2022. Please register through the link below to learn more from leading experts on maritime issues in the Indo-Asian-Pacific.

The Maritime Security Challenges Sessions continue on Wednesday 10 March 2021 with “The Strategic Importance of Islands in the Indian Ocean”

Virtual Session 5: Monday, 8th March 2021, 16h00 (4:00 pm) Pacific Standard Time

Darshana M. Baruah, Non-Resident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

China’s efforts to expand its economic, military, and political presence throughout Asia has extended to the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), which has emerged as a theatre for increased competition, challenging India and other traditional IOR powers such as the United States, France, and Australia. Amid this heightened competition for influence, the potential strategic role that islands in the IOR could play has often been overlooked. In this Virtual Session, Ms. Darshana Baruah, non-resident scholar with the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and visiting fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo, will discuss how recognizing the value of the IOR’s islands, many of which are located near key maritime transit route and chokepoints, could offer new and old powers another avenue through which to secure their strategic interests in the region.

Moderator: Capt (N) Alex Kooiman, Royal Canadian Navy

Register for Virtual Session 5 HERE

“The Role of Middle Powers – The Australian Case” – Commodore Peter Leavy, Royal Australian Navy



“Economic Tensions and Global Decoupling” – Mr. Roland Rajah, Director, International Economy Program, Lowy Institute, Sydney, NSW, Australia


Video of MSC Virtual Session 4

“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
Video of MSC Virtual Presentation 3

“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.