Executive Seminar: Maritime Security in the NESA Region & Beyond

From 30 January to 10 February 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted an Executive Seminar (ES) focused on the maritime domain and the challenges/threats that exist there. The seminar’s proceedings included conversations on autonomous/unmanned systems, the maritime challenges associated with climate change and environmental degradation, transnational criminality, power projection and competition within the maritime domain, and maritime domain awareness. Read the report linked below for a more comprehensive list of topics discussed.

Speakers during the first week of the CTSES starting from the top left: Jeffrey Payne (Assistant Professor, NESA Center), Dr. Roger Kangas (Academic Dean, NESA Center), COL (ret) David Lamm (Deputy Director, NESA Center), VADM Pradeep Chauhan (Director General, National Maritime Foundation), Dr. Gawdat Bahgat (Professor, NESA Center), Gillian Hurtt (Education Technology Specialist, NESA Center), Dr. Hassan Abbas (Distinguished Professor of International Relations, NESA Center), David Des Roches (Associate Professor, NESA Center), Commodore Michael D. Brasseur (Commander, Task Force 59, U.S. NAVCENT), Admiral Samuel J. Paparo (Commander, United States Pacific Fleet), Gregory B. Poling (Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia and Director, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, CSIS), Dr. Collin Koh (Research Fellow, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies), Brendan G. Melley (Director, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University), Dr. Justin Anderson (Senior Policy Fellow, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University), Grace Kim (Space Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense – Policy), Raj Mohabeer (Maritime Security Lead, General Secretariat, Indian Ocean Commission), Giuseppe Sernia (Programme Officer, Global Maritime Crime Programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), Gunther Errhalt (Maritime Security and IUU-F Consultant), Nilanthi Samaranayake (Director, Strategy and Policy Analysis Program, CNA), Jay Benson (Director, Stable Seas).


Admiral Paparo, Commander of United States Pacific Fleet, provided opening remarks for the seminar with the farewell address provided by Admiral (ret.) Foggo, former Commander of United States Naval Forces Europe-Africa. Participants hailed from twenty-four countries and represented navies, coast guards, defense ministries, and diplomatic corps, among others. NESA Center Assistant Professor Jeffrey Payne led the seminar with facilitation provided by Professor David Des Roches and Professor Gawdat Bahgat. The event was conducted digitally to assist in casting the widest possible net for participation.

Speakers during the second week of the CTSES starting from the top left: James J.D. Ink (Deputy Director/Senior Law Enforcement Officer, Joint Interagency Task Force West), Dr. Jared Dunnmon (Technical Director – Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Defense Innovation Unit), James McAden (Senior Director, Hawkeye 360), Gina Fiore (Officer, Pew Charitable Trust), Dr. Assis Malaquias (Dean, Africa Center for Strategic Studies), Martin Cauchi Inglott (Project Director, CRIMARIO II, European Union), Timothy Edmunds (Co-Director, SafeSeas and Professor of International Security, University of Bristol), Scott Cheney-Peters (National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office), Anne Gebhards (Senior Advisor for International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Navy), Dr. Ian Ralby, Founder, I.R. Consilium), Admiral (USN, Ret.) James G. Foggo (Dean, Center for Maritime Strategy, Navy League of the United States and former Commander of United States Naval Forces Europe-Africa)


Read the Final Report which includes an executive summary, themes, recommendations, and the agenda/workshop record.

Executive Seminar: Maritime Security in the NESA Region & Beyond Final Report [ENGLISH] [ARABIC] [RUSSIAN]

Read about the previous ES held from 5–16 December 2022.

Executive Seminar: Strategic Power Competition in a Multipolar World


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