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The Security Environment in Western Pacific Waters

The waters of the Western Pacific are the focus of intense interest for trade routes, for territorial disputes, and as ongoing case studies for international law. How do Japan and the United States approach the challenges of upholding international norms and the law of the seas in this important region? How can regional and global multilateral partnerships influence the security dynamics in these waters? Join us for a webinar with Japanese and U.S. experts to explore these complex issues.

Emma Chanlett-Avery discusses the Pacific Deterrence Initiative.
Kate Walsh discusses the concept of a maritime peacekeeping operation.

Yurika Ishii discusses issues with the Maritime Police Act from the perspective of international law.
Susumu Takai discusses the increasing tension in the East China Sea and the Maritime Police Act.

Featured Speakers:

Emma Chanlett-Avery, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service

Chanlett-Avery joined CRS in 2003 through the Presidential Management Fellowship, with rotations in the State Department on the Korea Desk and at the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group in Bangkok, Thailand. She focuses on U.S. relations with Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Thailand, and Singapore. She received an MA in international security policy from Columbia University and her BA from Amherst College.

Yurika Ishii, Associate Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan

Ishii teaches law of the sea and public international law courses at the National Defense Academy. Her areas of interest include general public international law, law of the sea and international/transnational criminal law. She received her LL.B. from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, LL.M. from Cornell Law School, and Ph.D from the University of Tokyo, Graduate Schools for Laws and Politics.

Susumu Takai, President, Security Strategy Research Institute of Japan

An expert on international defense law, Takai retired from the National Institute for Defense Studies in 2007, where he was a senior researcher and director. He has also lectured at several universities, and currently leads the Security Strategy Research Institute.

Kathleen Walsh, Associate Professor of National Security Affairs, US Naval War College

Walsh teaches policy analysis at the Naval War College. Walsh also has been a Senior Consultant to Washington, DC-area think tanks, Senior Associate at the Stimson Center, and Senior Associate at a DC-area defense consulting firm. Her research focuses on China and the Asia-Pacific region, particularly issues of security, technology, innovation and ocean, marine, or “blue” economy issues.

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