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Report: International Arctic Workshop "Ensuring Maritime Stability, Security and International Collaboration in a Changing Arctic"

2015.07.30

The Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation co-hosted the International Arctic Workshop "Ensuring Maritime Stability, Security and International Collaboration in a Changing Arctic" from July 14th to 16th in Tokyo with the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS).


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The workshop priority was for the core Arctic littoral countries (United States, Canada, Russia, Denmark, and Norway) to begin to better understand key Asian states' (Japan, China, ROK, India, and Singapore) strategic interests and areas for future collaboration in Arctic maritime affairs. These areas of overlapping concern and opportunity were focused on how peace and stability can be ensured in the Arctic region; the role of international maritime law in guiding conduct in Arctic shipping, freedom of navigation, and Arctic environmental issues; the development of equitable and sustainable resource extraction, to include energy resources and fishing; and Arctic disaster management. More than 50 experts from the 10 countries discussed and exchanged opinions in these areas.


Co-organized by:

Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS)

Date:

July 14th to 16th, 2015

Venue:

Imperial Hotel Tokyo

Program:

Day 1
Opening Remarks

Mr. Hiroshi Terashima, President, OPRI-SPF
Lieutenant General (Ret) Daniel Leaf, Director, DKI APCSS
Keynote Speech
Mr. Jason Hyland, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States, Tokyo
Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, The Nippon Foundation
Country delegation meetings and city tour

Day2
Panel 1: Navigation and Law of the Sea: Freedom of navigation and overflight and commercial shipping in Arctic sea lanes
Panel 2: Security in the Arctic Commons
Keynote Speech
"The U.S. Perspective on the Future Arctic Council Chairmanship"
Mr. Evan Bloom, Director, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, Bureau for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Breakout Session

Day3
Special Remarks:
Ambassador Kazuko Shiraishi, Ambassador in Charge of Arctic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Panel 3: Cooperation in Resource Management and Extraction
Panel 4: Environmental Management Challenges
Keynote Speech
"Japan's Arctic Policy Direction on a non-Arctic State Perspective"
Mr. Yukio Kato, Secretary General, The Secretariat of the Headquarters for Ocean Policy, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan
Breakout Session
Briefbacks, Day 1 and 2
Closing Remarks
Captain (Ret) Carleton Cramer, Dean of College Security Studies, DKI APCSS
Mr. Hiroshi Terashima, President, OPRI SPF


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