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After their successful debut in 2020, the Maritime Security Virtual Sessions will continue through the year 2021. Please register through the link below to learn more from leading experts on maritime issues in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

MSC Virtual Session 10: “History Rhymes: Lessons from the Past for Today’s US-China Maritime Competition

Wednesday, 01 December 2021, 1600-1700 PST

Dr. Brian Chao

Dr. Brian Chao

Assistant Professor, US Naval War College

Competition between the United States and China has, if anything, increased across American administrations, and since the Indo-Pacific is primarily a maritime theatre, the two great powers are vying for the upper hand at sea. However, this maritime competition was far from assured, as China has historically been a land power, a tradition that continued into the modern era with Mao’s Third Front policy, and Beijing’s rediscovery of the importance of sea power is relatively recent. How this competition between the dominant and rising powers will unfold is still an open question, but there are plenty of clues throughout history. Dr Brian Chao, an assistant professor in the US Naval War College’s National Security Affairs Department, will discuss how continental powers throughout history have reached out to sea, and what those examples might mean for contemporary Sino-American competition.

Virtual Session 9

Dr. Alessio Patalano

Professor of War and Strategy, King's College London

“Carrier Strike Group 21 and Britain’s Resurgence in the Pacific”

Virtual Session 8

Dr. Tarcisius Kabutaulaka

Associate Professor, Center for Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawaii

“Strategic Trends in the Pacific Islands Region”

Virtual Session 7

Dr. Tabitha Mallory

Founder and CEO of the China Ocean Institute; Affiliate Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

“China’s Distant-Water Fishing Fleet and South America”

Virtual Session 6

Captain George Galdorisi (United States Navy, Retired)

Director of Strategic Assessments and Technical Futures, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, U.S. Navy

“The Importance and Applications of AI to Naval Operations”

Download Paper from Session 6 – The Importance and Applications of AI to Naval Operations

Virtual Session 5

Darshana M. Baruah

Non-Resident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

“The Strategic Importance of Islands in the Indian Ocean”

Virtual Session 4

Commodore Peter Leavy

Royal Australian Navy

“The Role of Middle Powers – The Australian Case”

Mr. Roland Rajah

Director, International Economy Program, Lowy Institute

“Economic Tensions and Global Decoupling”

Virtual Session 3

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 Pacific Navies”

Dr. Salvatore R. Mercogliano

Associate Professor of History, Campbell University

“COVID-19 and the civilian maritime sector”

Virtual Session 2

Mr. Greg Poling

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia and Director, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies

“An Update on the South China Sea”

Virtual Session 1

Ms. Nadège Rolland

Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs, National Bureau of Asian Research

“China’s Vision for World Order and its Belt and Road Initiative”