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Addressing Challenges in the Maritime Commons 2018

On September 24, 2018, NBR’s John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies will host “Addressing Challenges in the Maritime Commons,” a public discussion on the global challenges that navies face in today’s maritime realm. The event, which will feature a panel of international navy chiefs, will highlight the maritime security situation in the Indo-Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean as today's navies adapt to a diverse range of threats.


Date and Time

Monday, September 24, 2018
9:00–10:30 a.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Light refreshments will be provided.
Dress Code: Business Attire


The Army and Navy Club
2nd Floor Ballroom
901 17th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006


Space is limited. RSVP here.



Admiral Jonathan W. GREENERT (ret.)
30th Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy;
Shali Chair in National Security Studies, NBR


Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal FERREIRA
Commander of the Navy, Brazilian Navy

Rear Admiral John MARTIN
Chief of Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy

Admiral Bill MORAN
Vice Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

Vice Admiral Michael NOONAN
Chief of Navy, Royal Australian Navy

Admiral Tomohisa TAKEI (ret.)
32nd Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force;
Distinguished International Fellow, U.S. Naval War College

Event Background

Navies around the world continue to face significant challenges to global maritime security—challenges that are likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Conflicting sovereignty claims in the East and South China Seas continue to be two of the primary security issues in the Indo-Pacific. The stability of the Indo-Pacific and the protection of some of the world’s busiest trade routes will depend a great deal on the ability of regional powers to manage these disputes and maintain maritime security. Across the world’s littoral regions, persistent environmental degradation creates a greater demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions—straining the capacity of maritime forces, but also driving greater partnership. Additionally, maritime security is critical to stemming the flow of illegal drug trafficking. Given the predominance of these and other challenges, as well as the current state of geopolitical flux, strengthening security will require enhanced cooperation and the sharing of best practices between navies.

About the Shali Chair

NBR endowed the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies in April 2006 to honor General Shalikashvili for his 39 years of military service to our nation that culminated in his role as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for his leadership on the NBR Board of Directors, and for his role as Senior Advisor to NBR's Strategic Asia Program. The Chair provides a platform for a distinguished practitioner in the national security field to inform, strengthen, and shape the understanding of U.S. policymakers on critical current and long-term national security issues related to the Asia-Pacific.

Banner: DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly, U.S. Navy/ Released

Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN (ret.), former U.S. chief of naval operations and the current holder of NBR’s John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies

Tenets of a Regional Defense Strategy: Considerations for the Indo-Pacific

In this NBR Special Report, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert provides an assessment of seven key countries in the Indo-Pacific and considers implications for U.S. security concerns.