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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 27 January 2021 with “Middle Powers and Great Power Competition”

Virtual Session 4: Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 16h00 (4:00 pm) Pacific Standard Time

As competition between the United States and China continues along old fronts and branches into new ones, the African proverb when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers gains new relevance. However, in the modern geopolitical system, the grass – middle and smaller powers – are not completely passive actors, and have some say in how the competition unfolds. Indeed, by signaling their displeasure with the actions of Great Powers, and throwing their support behind coalitions, institutions, and standards and practices, middle powers collectively have more influence than they are generally credited with. Commodore Peter Leavy, Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy, and Mr. Roland Rajah, the lead economist and director of the Lowy Institute’s International Economics program, will discuss how middle powers, like Australia, are navigating churning seas across a variety of domains to ensure that their interests are not trampled.

“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



Moderator: Captain (Navy) Julian Elbourne – Royal Canadian Navy


Please register for MSC Virtual Session 4 on Jan 27, 2021 4:00 PM PST at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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“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
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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.