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The Launch of the Stephenson Ocean Security Project

January 9, 2019 • 8:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

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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

Phil Stephenson
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

Nong Hong
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

Mark Powell
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.
John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Whitley Saumweber
Director, Stephenson Ocean Security Project, and Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
Gregory B. Poling
Senior Fellow and Director, Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

Heather A. Conley

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

United States Senator (D-RI)