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

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 16hoo (4:00 PM) PDT

Dr. Tabitha Mallory

Dr. Tabitha Mallory

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

The “discovery” of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels off Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands in July 2020 raised alarm in Western media, in part because of the historical scientific significance of the protected maritime zone. Though the incident caught widespread attention, it was far from the first instance of a Chinese distant-water fleet plying waters far from home — including off South America — a phenomenon which has been ongoing for several years. Though in this high-profile case the Chinese vessels appear to have been operating legally, their practices seemed to be aimed at upholding the letter of the law, not the spirit, in what might be termed “malicious compliance”. Dr. Tabitha Mallory, founder and CEO of the China Ocean Institute and Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, is a long-time observer of China’s fishing practices, and will discuss China’s distant-water activities, their legality, and what implications they have for Latin America and beyond.

Captain (Navy) Blair Saltel, Chief of Staff, Maritime Forces Pacific

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”