MAP Launch Event

The National Bureau of Asian Research and Sasakawa USA launched the MAP web portal at a public event on April 14 in Washington, D.C., with an initial focus on the Asia-Pacific region. During the event, the leadership of MAP and a number of International Expert Panel members gathered to both demonstrate the web portal and engage in fruitful discussions on pressing maritime issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, Jr. (Director, Navy Staff, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations) provided the keynote address. A recording of the launch event is embedded below.


Introduction

Admiral (Ret.) Dennis C. Blair
Chairman and CEO, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Richard Ellings
President, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Taylor Fravel
Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Karolos Karnikis
Senior Vice President, The National Bureau of Asian Research


Understanding the Complexities of the South China Sea Dispute

Jeffrey Hornung (Moderator)
Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Nong Hong
Executive Director, Institute for China-America Studies

Rommel Banlaoi
Director, Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research

Shafiah F. Muhibat
Chief Editor, The Indonesian Quarterly, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia

Justin Nankivell
Associate Dean for Academics, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies


Traditional and Non-Traditional Security Concerns in the Maritime Domain

Tiffany Ma (Moderator)
Director, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Tabitha Mallory
Fellow, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Mikkal Herberg
Research Director, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Ian Storey
Senior Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Ja Ian Chong
Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore


Keynote Remarks

Richard Ellings (Introduction)
President, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, Jr.
Director, Navy Staff, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

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