21st Century Trilateral Maritime Cooperation Conference

21st Century Trilateral Maritime Cooperation Conference

Event details

SDSC Public Lecture

Date & time

Monday 27 June 2016


Great Hall, University House (1), Balmain Crescent, ANU




Bell School

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, ANU Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, and the JMSDF Command and Staff College are jointly hosting a conference on 21st Century Trilateral Maritime Cooperation. The conference will address issues such as the geopolitical objectives, interests and activities in the maritime domain; scientific and enforcement aspects of civilian maritime activities; and military maritime activities.

The maritime security interests of the United States, Japan and Australia overlap in the Western Pacific and East Asia. All three countries are trading nations and have strong interests in the free flow of commerce on and above the oceans, and in the full range of maritime rights and responsibilities in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. But this does not mean that their maritime security interests are necessarily congruent. American interests are strongest in the Northwest Pacific and extend into the South China Sea as well as the Southwest Pacific. Japan’s maritime interests are more localized to the sea areas around its island nation, but that is a large stretch of water, from the Bering Sea to the Bashi Strait. Australia, for its part, is most deeply concerned with the waters between its northern coast and the Indonesian archipelago whilst maintaining security relationships with many island nations in the Southwest Pacific, and security interests in the waters around them.
A network of maritime cooperation activities among the United States, Japan and Australia has existed for many years. The military component has traditionally been based on bilateral relationships, but through exercises such as RIMPAC has become more multilateral in character. Trilateral military consultation and exercises have been episodic. Beyond the military sphere, the three countries share an interest in patrolling their large exclusive economic zones and long coastlines to prevent illegal activities. In addition, they understand the importance of the world’s oceans in regulating the global climate, and in the importance of further oceanographic research to better understand overall climatic effects as well as local destructive weather coming from the sea.

With many maritime security interests in common, several of them threatened by other countries’ policies and activities, it is important for the United States, Japan and Australia to refine and deepen understandings of their own maritime security interests, policies and activities. By bringing together maritime experts, government officials, and uniformed navy and coast guard officers from the United States, Japan and Australia, the purpose of this conference is to better understand how maritime security interests interact and overlap as well as to formulate trilateral cooperative approaches to enhancing the maritime security of all three countries.

Speakers include:

ADM ret. (RAN) Chris Barrie, Adjunct Professor SDSC; ADM ret. (USN) Dennis Blair, Chairman and CEO Sasakawa Foundation; VADM (MSDF) Umio Otsuka, President JMSDF Command and Staff College; Dr. Jeffrey Hornung, Fellow Security and Foreign Affairs Program Sasakawa USA; Mr. Stanley Roth, Former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Dr. Stephan Fruehling, Associate Professor SDSC; AMB Shingo Yamagami, Acting Director JIIA; VADM ret. (USN) Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., CEO GeoOptics Inc.; Dr. Anthony Bergin, Deputy Director Australian Strategic Policy Institute; Dr. Toshio Yamagata, Director Application Laboratory of Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology; Mr. Yoshikiyo Ono, Secretary General Japanese Shipowners’ Association; Dr. Carol Anne Clayson, Director Ocean and Climate Change Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; Mr. Peter Jennings, Executive Director Australian Strategic Policy Institute; CAPT (MSDF) Katsuya Yamamoto, JMSDF Command and Staff College; RADM ret. (RAN) James Goldrick AO, CSC, Adjunct Professor SDSC; Dr. Isami Takeda, Professor of International Relations Dokkyo University; VADM ret. (USN) Robert Parker; Dr. Euan Graham, Director International Security Program at the Lowy Institute; ADM ret. (USN) Walter Doran, President Pacific Vision LLC; Dr. Brendan Taylor, Head of SDSC.

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