Murky Waters: Maritime Security in the East and South China Seas

Opening remarks by:
ADM Dennis Blair
Board Director 
Atlantic Council

A conversation with:
Dr. Sarah Kirchberger
Head of the Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy and Security
Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University

Mr. Tetsuo Kotani
Senior Fellow 
Japan Institute of International Affairs

Mr. John Watts
Nonresident Senior Fellow,
Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security 

Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Mr. Magnus Nordenman
Deputy Director,
Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security 

Atlantic Council

In recent years, nation-states throughout the Asia-Pacific have become increasingly assertive about their territorial claims. Disputes in the South and East China Seas have become proxies for larger geopolitical contests, with both literal and figurative skirmishes taking place against a backdrop of heightened nationalism and militarization. As tensions mount, these two seas have become among the world’s most likely flash points for a future conflict, lending an increased urgency to consensus-building projects in the region. To preserve the maritime security that brings prosperity to countries in Asia and beyond, nations must work together to reinvigorate the liberal rules-based order that has brought them stability thus far.

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The discussion will be held March 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Atlantic Council. The event is open to press and on the record. 

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