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Fourteenth Annual South China Sea Conference

July 11, 2024 • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT

The CSIS Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative are pleased to present the Fourteenth Annual South China Sea Conference on Thursday, July 11, 2024, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm ET. This full-day conference will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion and analysis of developments in the South China Sea over the past year and potential paths forward. Panels will address the state of play in the South China Sea, legal developments and dispute management, evolving alliance networks, and the role of outside parties, such as the Quad, AUKUS, and Europe. 

This event is made possible by support from the FESS Foundation, the Embassy of Australia, the Embassy of New Zealand, the Embassy of the Philippines, and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom. 

Fourteenth Annual South China Sea Conference


Welcoming Remarks

9:00 am

Morning Keynote

9:05 am

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), House Foreign Affairs Committee 

 

Moderator: 
Gregory Poling, Director and Senior Fellow, Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, CSIS 

Coffee Break

9:30 am

Session 1: State of Play in the South China Sea

9:44 am

Harrison Prétat, Deputy Director and Fellow, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, CSIS 

Nguyen Hung Son, Vice President, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam 

Hong Nong, Executive Director and Senior Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies 

Lynn Kuok, Lee Kuan Yew Chair, Brookings Institution; Senior Fellow, University of Cambridge 

 
Moderator: 
Lily McElwee, Deputy Director and Fellow, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS

Coffee Break

10:45 am

Session 2: Legal Developments and Dispute Management

10:55 am

Jay Batongbacal, Professor and Director of the Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, University of the Philippines 

Chi-Ting Tsai, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University 

Aristyo Darmawan, Lecturer in International Law, Universitas Indonesia 

Bich Tran, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and Adjunct Fellow, CSIS 

 

Moderator
Andreyka Natalegawa, Associate Fellow, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS 

Break

11:55 am

Lunch Keynote

12:15 pm

Ely Ratner, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense 

 

Moderator: 
Gregory Poling, Director and Senior Fellow, Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, CSIS 

Break

1:15 pm

Session 3: Evolving Alliance Networks

1:25 pm

Saya Kiba, Associate Professor, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies 

Charmaine Willoughby, Associate Professor, Department of International Studies, De La Salle University 

Bec Strating, Professor of International Relations and Director of La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University 

Zack Cooper, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute 

 

Moderator: 
Charles Edel, Australia Chair and Senior Advisor, CSIS

Coffee Break

2:25 pm

Session 4: The Role of Other Stakeholders

2:35 pm

Ben Bland, Director, Asia-Pacific Program, Chatham House, United Kingdom 

Ty Curran, Deputy Director General for International Security Policy, ADM (Policy), Department of National Defence, Canada 

David Capie, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Wellington 

Lisa Curtis, Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security

 

Moderator: 
Kathryn Paik, Senior Fellow, Australia Chair, CSIS 

Closing Remarks

3:35 pm

End

3:45 pm

Contact Information

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Gregory B. Poling
Senior Fellow and Director, Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
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Harrison Prétat
Deputy Director and Fellow, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
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Lily McElwee
Deputy Director and Fellow, Freeman Chair in China Studies