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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-Asia-Pacific.

MSC Virtual Session 9: “Carrier Strike Group 21 and Britain’s Resurgence in the Pacific

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 15h00 (3 PM) PDT

Dr. Alessio Patalano

Dr. Alessio Patalano

Professor of War and Strategy, King's College London

The deployment of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group (CSG) to the Indo-Pacific this summer was accompanied by a remarkable period of multilateral naval engagement across the region. The CSG’s presence facilitated a significant array of training opportunities with partner navies, including those of Australia, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United States, but it also served as a catalyst for a series of new and revitalized naval and defence arrangements, including AUKUS, the Quadrilateral (“Quad”) Defence Dialogue, and the Five Powers Defence Arrangements. The deployment was intended to signal the UK’s Indo-Pacific foreign policy “tilt” and Britain’s resolve in maintaining a naval presence in the region, and was accompanied by the announcement that the Royal Navy would soon permanently forward-deploy two River-class patrol vessels to the region. Dr. Alessio Patalano, a Professor of War and Strategy at King’s College London, will discuss the CSG mission and how the Royal Navy and UK fit into the Indo-Pacific and its complex evolving dynamics.

Moderator: Captain (Navy) Jeff Hutchinson

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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”

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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”