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 28 April 2021 with “The Importance and Applications of AI to Naval Operations”

 Virtual Session 6: Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 16h00 (4:00 pm) PDT

Captain George GALDORISI (United States Navy, Retired),  Director of Strategic Assessments and Technical Futures, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, U.S. Navy

While navies have used automated systems for many decades to enhance their decision-making speed and quality, such as close-in weapons systems (CIWS), artificial intelligence (AI) holds the promise of taking such augmentation to a whole new level. Maritime services in general have been gradually introducing autonomous systems, such as aerial and underwater drones, to remove menial tasks from crewed operations and improve the standard of data-gathering, leading to serious debate about how AI can be incorporated into non-routine tasks, such as active targeting and firing. However, significant questions remain as to how to effectively yet ethically integrate AI, including where to include people in decision loops, and how involved AI should be in making lethal decisions. US Navy Captain (retired) and New York Times best-selling author George Galdorisi, will lead a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of autonomous systems and AI for navies, and what the future might hold for these promising technologies.

Register for Virtual Session 6 HERE

“The Strategic Importance of Islands in the Indian Ocean” – Darshana M. Baruah, Non-Resident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Video of MSC Virtual Session 5

“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.