The Launch of the Stephenson Ocean Security Project
A New CSIS Initiative on Ocean Health and Global Security.
The Stephenson Ocean Security Project (SOS) is focused on the links between ocean health and global security. The Project will highlight how marine resource disputes drive instability in key regions of the globe and the ways that climate change is exacerbating this challenge through degraded ecosystems and the opening of new areas to potential exploitation.
The SOS Project is committed to promoting solutions that support sustainable development, coalition building, and the need for American leadership.
Please join us on January 9th for the SOS Project’s inaugural event, where Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will provide keynote remarks. The event will also feature expert panels will explore the intersection of fisheries and security risk in the South China Sea and the challenge and opportunity presented by marine resources in the new Arctic Ocean.
8:30am Coffee and Check In
9:00am Opening Remarks
Dr. John Hamre
President and CEO, CSIS
Founder, The Philip Stephenson Foundation
Dr. Whit Saumweber
Director, Stephenson Ocean Security Project, CSIS
9:15am Panel Discussion: Illuminating the South China Sea’s Dark Fishing Fleets
Executive Director and Senior Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies
Dr. Tabitha Mallory
Affiliate Professor, University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies, and Founder & CEO, China Ocean Institute
Senior Researcher, Vulcan Inc.
Greg Poling (moderator)
Director, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, CSIS
10:15am Coffee Break
10:30am Panel Discussion: Charting a New Arctic Ocean
Ambassador David Balton
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries; Senior Fellow, Polar Initiative, Wilson Center
Rear Admiral (ret.) David W. Titley
Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Pennsylvania State University
Heather Conley (moderator)
Senior VP for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, CSIS
11:15am Keynote Address by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
This event is made possible with the generous support of the Philip Stephenson Foundation.