A Special Program in Honor

of National Maritime Day

“Maritime Security: Quo Vadis?

 May 23, 2016

The latest threats in the maritime environment include organized crime, piracy, terrorism, and the refugee crisis as well as the projection of power by Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea. These topics and the strategic responses by governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental bodies that are needed to meet current and future challenges have been discussed by a panel of experts from the U.S. and abroad.

Opening remarks were provided by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps; Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The discussion of the panelists was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

The panel for the seminar consisted of: Doris R. McBryde, Maritime Security Officer, U.S. Department of State; Captain Gordan Evans Van Hook, USN (Ret.), Served 29 years in the U.S. Navy and formerly, Senior Director, Innovation and Concept Development, Maersk Line Limited; Sean L. Kline, Director, Maritime Affairs, Chamber of Shipping of America and Prasad Nallapati, Retired Additional Secretary to the Government of India and served in the Foreign Service in various countries, including Israel, Russia, and the USA. Currently, President, Centre for Asia-Africa Policy Research. The closing remarks were provided by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.).

The UStream video can be found here.


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