The Stephenson Ocean Security Project launched Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

The Stephenson Ocean Security Project (SOS) is focused on the links between ocean health and global security. The Project highlights 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.


Keynote Address

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

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

Panel: 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

Panel: 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

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