SYDNEY, Australia - The Naval War College (NWC) and the Lowy Institute for International Policy conducted a closed workshop on “Indo-Pacific Maritime Security in the 21st Century” at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Center, Feb. 21-22.
The conference, co-sponsored by NWC’s Jerome Levy Chair for Economic Geography and National Security, explored the topic of maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region from the perspective both of transnational challenges and traditional military threats.
The War College delegation included Capt. Lee Goddard, Royal Australian Navy, and Professors Timothy Hoyt, Tom Mahnken, Andrew Winner, and Toshi Yoshihara. The Lowy Institute delegation was led by Andrew Shearer, Lowy’s Director of Studies, and included Executive Director Michael Wesley, and Rory Medcalf, Director of the Institute’s International Security Program.
Rear Adm. James Goldrick, Commander of the Australian Defense College, and Commodore Richard Mehinick, Commandant of the Australian Command and Staff College, and senior Royal Australian Navy officers also participated in the conference.
The workshop examined the Indo-Pacific region holistically, in terms of its geographic scope and the full range of challenges that it faces. Participants discussed the importance of building intellectual capital—in governments, universities and think tanks—to increase the overall understanding of the region. The conference also explored concrete steps the United States and Australia could undertake jointly to meet the challenges to their mutual security.
The Naval War College and Lowy Institute will jointly produce a conference report and an edited volume of papers.
Provided by Tom Mahnken, Naval War College