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Indo-Pacific Maritime Security: Challenges and Cooperation

In March 2016 the National Security College, Australian National University hosted the Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Conference that considered the challenges and opportunities for cooperation in the maritime space. This conference featured speakers and leading security policy voices from Australia, Japan, the United States, China, Indonesia and India who discussed a range of maritime security issues that are preoccupying governments in our shared Indo-Pacific region.
On 2 November 2016 the National Security College will launch the Indo-Pacific Maritime Security: Challenges and Cooperation book, edited by Dr David Brewster. The book features chapters submitted by conference speakers that focus on the idea of the Indo-Pacific as a region, tensions in the East and South China Seas, transnational security issues, the Indian Ocean, the role of Japan as a regional security partner and prospects for partnerships involving Australia Japan and other countries.
To mark the release of the book His Excellency Sumio Kusaka, Ambassador from Japan to Australia will give a keynote address followed by a panel discussion with Professor Rory Medcalf, Dr David Brewster and Dr Jennifer Moroney from the RAND Corporation. Afterwards attendees will be invited to engage with the presenters over a light lunch where complimentary copies of the book will be available.


His Excellency Sumio Kusaka, Japanese Ambassador to Australia
Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of College, National Security College
Dr David Brewster, Senior Research Fellow, National Security College
Dr Jennifer Moroney, Director, RAND Australia

Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2016, 12:30-1:30pm
Venue: Canberra Springbank Rooms, Level 1, JG Crawford Building, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU
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Ambassador Sumio Kusaka
As Japan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Australia, Sumio Kusaka brings with him 37 years of distinguished service as a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Before arriving in Australia, Ambassador Kusaka was posted as Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York (2013–15), after serving in Tokyo as Ambassador and Chief of Protocol (2012–13) and Ambassador and Director General for African Affairs (2010–12).
Ambassador Kusaka has considerable knowledge and experience in economic affairs and has previously worked in senior economic roles with both MOFA and the Ministry of Finance (MOF). Notably, he served as Deputy Vice Minister for International Affairs and Deputy Director-General at MOF (2004–06), and oversaw economic partnership agreement negotiations with both Australia and India as Deputy Director-General for the Economic Affairs Bureau at MOFA (2006–08).
Prior diplomatic postings have included assignments in Australia, Canada, Tanzania, Boston, Washington, DC, and as Consul-General in London/Deputy Chief of Mission in the UK. Ambassador Kusaka, born in 1953, obtained a bachelor’s degree in law from Chuo University in Japan and then an bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. At Harvard University during 1999–2000, he was a fellow in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs program.

Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015.  He has more than two decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism.  He was the Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute from 2007 to 2015.  Prior to that, Professor Medcalf was a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments.  His experience as an Australian diplomat included a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control. His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys. He was on the expert panel providing advice on the recently released 2016 Defence White Paper. Professor Medcalf has played a significant role in relations with India, and is founder and co-chair of the Australia India Policy Forum, an informal bilateral dialogue.

Dr David Brewster is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Security College, Australian National University; Distinguished Research Fellow with the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne; and a Fellow with the Royal Australian Navy Sea Power Centre.  
He writes widely on maritime security and the Indian Ocean region. Recent books include India as an Asia-Pacific power, about India’s strategic role in the Asia Pacific, and India’s Ocean: the story of India’s bid for regional leadership, which examines India’s strategic ambitions in the Indian Ocean.  
His most recent report is India and China at Sea:  A Contest of Status and Legitimacy, which looks at the India-China maritime dynamic.

Dr Jennifer Moroney is the Director of RAND Australia and a Senior Political Scientist based in Canberra. She specialises in assessing security cooperation with foreign forces, coalition building, operational lessons and defense strategy. Prior to coming to Australia, Jennifer was the Director of RAND's Defense and Political Sciences Department. Prior to joining RAND in 2003, she worked for DFI Government Services, focusing on regional studies in Eurasia. Before that, she worked for OSD/P in the office of NATO Policy. Jennifer has been an adjunct professor at The George Washington University and served as the Associate Director of RAND Project Air Force’s Strategy and Doctrine Program.
Jennifer’s recent RAND monographs include: Understanding the Implications of the "Arab Uprisings" for U.S. Air Force Security Cooperation (2014); Enhancing Partnership Models in the Middle East/North Africa (2014); Assessing Security Cooperation Mechanisms Combatant Commands Utilize to Build Partner Capacity (2013); Lessons from DoD’s Support to Foreign Disasters in the Asia-Pacific (2013); Learning Lessons from Allies’ Approaches to Security Cooperation: The Cases of Australia, France, and the United Kingdom (2011). Jennifer received her PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

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