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Maritime Energy Resources in Asia: Opportunities for Joint Development

On Monday, December 12, 2011, NBR and the Habibie Center held a discussion on "Maritime Energy Resources in Asia: Opportunities for Joint Development" in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Dr. Clive Schofield

Australian National Centre for Ocean Resource and Security (ANCORS)

Prof. Dr. Ambassador Hasjim Djalal

Professor Ian Townsend-Gault

University of British Columbia

Mr. I Made Andi Arsana


Ms. Tara Davenport

Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

Mr. Nick Owen

University of Cambridge

Long-standing disputes over maritime jurisdictional claims in the East China Sea, South China Sea, and Gulf of Thailand threaten the long-term stability and prosperity of states in East and Southeast Asia. Despite numerous multilateral efforts in recent decades and international legal regimes such as the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, tensions among claimant states and user states remain high. Resolution of these disputes has eluded the claimant states, given the complexity of the domestic political, historic, legal, economic, and strategic factors involved and the pressure to develop the estimated vast energy resources in the disputed areas.

Recognizing the complexities of the disputes and the need for continued peace and stability in these strategic waterways, NBR embarked on a three-year initiative, sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Asia Security Initiative, to explore the contours of the disputes and opportunities for cooperative development of the energy resources therein.

Members of the project’s research team, led by Dr. Clive Schofield, Director of Research and QEII Research Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), will present the findings of their research.


About the project:

Maritime Energy Resources in Asia: Opportunities for Joint Development

About NBR ASI intiatives:

MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Initiative


The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution dedicated to informing and strengthening policy in the Asia-Pacific.


The Habibie Center, based in Jakarta, is an independent nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to advancing modernization and democratization in Indonesia.


The MacArthur Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation that supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.

The report From Disputed Waters to Seas of Opportunity: Overcoming Barriers to Maritime Cooperation in East and Southeast Asia by Clive Schofield, Ian Townsend-Gault, Hasjim Djalal, Ian Storey, Meredith Miller and Tim Cook highlights findings from the three-year project "Maritime Energy Resources in Asia: Opportunities for Joint Development."