Troubled Waters: Navigating the maritime security challenges of the Indo-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific is facing a host of shared security challenges, from maritime piracy and crime to heated territorial disputes. In this vast maritime space – stretching from East Africa to the Pacific Island chains – the foundations of regional commerce and security are secured through the freedom of navigation and secure sea lines of communication.

Yet, there are a number of key challenges to the rules and order in the region that have underpinned security and prosperity for the littoral states. In the South China Sea, Beijing continues to practice salami-slicing tactics aimed at ensuring its de-facto control of much of this key water way through extensive land reclamation and the imposition of military equipment and infrastructure. Meanwhile, Beijing also continues to raise regional concerns through its constant incursions into the maritime and airspace surrounding Japan’s Senkaku islands, also claimed by China and referred to as the Diaoyu, in the East China Sea.

MLI will be hosting a special panel event that will bring together experts from like-minded countries to discuss the maritime security challenges facing the Indo-Pacific. Not only will this event bring some of the world’s leading minds to Canada to provide thought leadership on the key maritime challenges in the South China Sea, the East China Sea, and beyond, but it will also seek to define how Canada can and should become an indispensable partner alongside like-minded allies in ensuring a free and open maritime environment in the Indo-Pacific.


  • Dr. Takako Hikotani, Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Columbia University
  • Dr. James Boutilier, Former Special Advisor (Policy) at Canada’s Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters
  • Mr. Greg Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and a fellow with the Southeast Asia Program at Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Dr. Tanvi Madan, senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, and director of The India Project
  • Dr. Julie Nguyen, External Advisory Council member, York Centre for Asian Research, York University, and co-founder and director, Canada Vietnam Trade Council
  • Mr. Jonathan Berkshire Miller, Deputy Director and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Advancing Canada’s Interests Abroad at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and Distinguished Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada (moderator)

Event Details:

  • Location: TwentyTwo (located at The Westin, 11 Colonel By Dr, 22nd floor)
  • Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Time: Registration begins at 9:30 am, event begins at 10:00 am and concludes at 12:30 pm


Is advance registration required for this event?

Yes, please register in advance through Eventbrite if you would like to attend the event.

Will parking be available on site?

We would recommend taking public transportation, Uber or Lyft to the venue. If you would like to drive, the Westin offers on-site parking, with the following fees: 4.50 CAD hourly, 30 CAD daily.

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How do I know what my status is on the Waiting List?

Those who are on the waiting list will first receive a confirmation email notifying them that they have been added to the list. If a ticket is released, a followup email will be sent.

Waitlist Confirmation Email:

This event is currently sold out, but you have been added to the waiting list.

If a ticket becomes available, you will be contacted with further instructions on how to register for your seat. If this happens, you will have 24 hours to register before the ticket is released to the next person on the waiting list.

Waitlist Ticket Release Email:

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