Maritime Security

Global Governance & International Regimes

Maritime disputes over underwater resources and territorial claims risk undermining stability and peace around the globe. Stimson examines the history, law, and political dynamics in maritime disputes to identify solutions to reduce regional tensions.

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Current Research

August 29, 2019 | EXPERT: Joel S. Wit

Just when you thought the media hyperinflation of the North Korean threat couldn’t get any worse, along came yesterday’s attention-grabbing story on Pyongyang’s submarine that could attack the United States. READ MORE

May 23, 2018 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Lindsay Getschel , EXPERT: Sally Yozell

Urban coastal centers are facing unprecedented social, economic and structural risks due to the impacts of climate change. READ MORE

February 20, 2018 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani   READ MORE

February 5, 2018 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Sally Yozell

On September 14-15, 2017, The Stimson Center in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-chaired a U.S. State Department funded U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Marine Environmental Issues. READ MORE

December 21, 2017 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani and Liv Dowling   READ MORE

November 18, 2017 | EXPERT: James Borton

Protecting marine environments and ensuring the ocean’s sustainability is a global issue, and nowhere is this more important right now than in the South China Sea, a body of water offering abundant and complex marine ecosystems. READ MORE

September 20, 2017 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

“Southern (Dis)Comfort” is a special series from War on the Rocks and the Stimson Center that seeks to unpack the dynamics of intensifying competition—military, economic, diplomatic—in Southern Asia, principally among China, India, Pakistan, and the United States. READ MORE

August 30, 2017 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

Though comparatively unnoticed in Washington policymaking circles, “Southern Asia” and the broader Indian Ocean region form one of the most competitive strategic environments in the world. This article is the first installment of “Southern (Dis)Comfort),” a series organized with the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program to unpack the range of competitive dynamics in Southern Asia today. READ MORE

April 7, 2017 | EXPERT: Sally Yozell

On March 13, desperate Somali fishermen hijacked READ MORE

April 16, 2015 | EXPERT: Hana Rudolph , EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing dynamic power shifts and witnessing new and emerging security threats. In the midst of this dynamic, the United States has realized the potential for “mini-lateral” security cooperation, which complements the existing security arrangements in the region. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

Maritime security has become a salient issue since 2010, as disputed sovereignty and resource claims in the Asia Pacific region have escalated. In 2010, when the South China Sea disputes became a more prominent issue in U.S.-China relations, many scholars and policy analysts reached the tentative conclusion that the risk of conflict between the two giants was growing. READ MORE

September 19, 2014 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing impose huge economic costs on Indonesia. To combat this challenge, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has made a much-needed connection between management of ocean resources and his country’s security through publicly endorsing a “Global Maritime Nexus” doctrine in late 2014. READ MORE

June 27, 2014 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Discussions on revising the current interpretation of Article 9 of Constitution are intensifying. READ MORE

June 10, 2014 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

In recent months, China's unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea (SCS) have driven regional tensions to a new high. China's well-calculated moves are motivated by multiple internal and external factors. READ MORE

September 26, 2013 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay , EXPERT: Nate Olson

There is urgent need for a "new normal" in public-private relationships on security issues. This report aims to kick-start a new dialogue on making that a reality. READ MORE

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