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Fifth Annual CSIS South China Sea Conference

July 21, 2015 • 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT

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The CSIS Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies is pleased to host its Fifth Annual South China Sea Conference. This full-day conference will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion and analysis of U.S. and Asian policy options in the South China Sea. It will feature speakers from throughout the region, including claimant countries. Panels will address recent developments, legal issues, the strategic balance, and engage in a crisis simulation.


8:30 a.m. Registration of Participants

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Dr. John Hamre
President, CEO, and Pritzker Chair

9:15 a.m. Recent Developments in the South China Sea

Mr. Bill Hayton
Author and Reporter
BBC News

Ms. Bonnie Glaser
Senior Adviser for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies

Dr. Wu Shicun
National Institute for South China Sea Studies (China)

Dr. Tran Truong Thuy
Executive Director
Foundation for East Sea Studies (Vietnam)

Dr. Scott Kennedy
Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45 a.m. Legal Issues and Concerns

The Hon. John Norton Moore
Director, Center for Oceans Law and Policy
University of Virginia Law School

Dr. Jay Batongbacal
Assistant Professor and Director, Institute for Maritime Affairs & Law of the Sea
University of the Philippines, College of Law

Mr. Sienho Yee
Changjiang Xuezhe Professor of International Law and Chief Expert
Wuhan University Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (China)

Dr. Pham Lan Dung
Dean, International Law Faculty
Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

Mr. Murray Hiebert
Senior Fellow & Deputy Director, Sumitro
Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, CSIS

12:00 p.m. Keynote Address

The Hon. Randy Forbes (R-Virginia)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
U.S. House Armed Services Committee

Mr. Ernest Bower
Senior Adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies

12:45 p.m. Luncheon Served

1:15 p.m. Luncheon Keynote Address

The Hon. Daniel Russel
Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Mr. Murray Hiebert
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies

2:00 p.m. Military Balance and Regional Order

Dr. Ian Storey
Senior Fellow
Institute for Southeast Asia Studies (Singapore)

Dr. Patrick Cronin
Senior Advisor and Senior Director for the Asia-Pacific Security Program
Center for a New American Security

Dr. Renato Cruz de Castro
Professor, International Studies Department
De La Salle University (Philippines)

Mr. Peter Jennings
Executive Director
Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Mr. Ernest Bower
Senior Adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies

3:15 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. Crisis Simulation (off-the-record)

National Security Advisor:
Dr. Michael Green
Senior Vice President and Japan Chair

Secretary of State:
Dr. Kurt Campbell
Chairman and CEO
The Asia Group

Secretary of Defense:
The Hon. Sean O’Keefe
Distinguished Senior Adviser

Director of National Intelligence:
Mr. Paul Heer
Former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia
Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Mr. Christopher Johnson
Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies

5:00 p.m. Conference Concludes

John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Scott Kennedy
Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics
Murray Hiebert
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Southeast Asia Program

Ernest Z. Bower

Bonnie S. Glaser