The Convergence of Marine Science and Geopolitics in the South China Sea
The CSIS Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies is pleased to host a discussion with James Borton, former correspondent for the Washington Times; John McManus, professor of marine biology and fisheries and director of the National Center for Coral Reef Research at the University of Miami; and Kathleen Walsh, associate professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. They will discuss the convergence of marine science and geopolitics in the South China Sea.
Borton teaches writing in the English and Marine Science Departments at Coastal Carolina University. He is a former foreign correspondent for the Washington Times and has interviewed top leaders throughout Southeast Asia. He recently edited The South China Sea: Challenges and Promises.
McManus chaired the five-year review of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. As the former leader of the Aquatic Environments Program of the WorldFish Center in Southeast Asia he was the founder of ReefBase, the Global Coral Reef Database, and the International Coral Reef Action Network.
Walsh teaches policy analysis at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC). She has also co-taught electives on China's national security and on the history of technology. Walsh is also an affiliate of the China Maritime Studies Institute and participates in the NWC's Asia Pacific Studies Group.