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Securing Our Seas: The National Security Threats of Lawlessness on the Seas

Briefing at Capitol Hill:
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: SVC (Capitol Visitors Center) 212-210.

Evening Reception:
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: National Geographic Headquarters, 1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The high seas, which make up an enormous portion of the oceans, are areas outside of international boundaries and therefore ungoverned by one body. This lawless environment fosters the interconnected security risk of transnational crime, pirate fishing, and human trafficking. Governments, legislative stakeholders, and the private sector need to collaborate and invest in solutions to address this challenge in order to improve global security and marine resource conservation.

The Oceans Caucus Foundation and the National Geographic Society are teaming up on January 26th, 2016 to hold two events, a Capitol Hill Briefing and National Geographic Headquarters Reception, to highlight the importance of addressing the national security implications of the high seas. Johan Bergenas, Senior Associate with the Partnerships in Security and Development program, will be speaking as a panelist along with Vice Admiral Charles Michel and Rear Admiral (ret.) Jon White.

WHAT: Briefing on Capitol Hill followed by evening reception.

Featuring:
Vice Admiral Charles Michel, Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jon White, President & CEO, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Johan Bergenas, Senior Associate and Director of the Partnerships in Security and Development Program, Stimson Center
Ian Urbina (evening reception), New York Times Investigative Reporter, Outlaw Ocean
Monica Medina, (moderator) Ocean Policy Director, National Geographic

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