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Invitation to the Indo Pacific Maritime Hour with Dr. Olli Suorsa

By Jimmy Drennan

CIMSEC is partnering with the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) and the Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP) to bring you an online event you will not want to miss! The Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour will be held online Monday, 2 Nov, 2000 EDT (Tuesday, 3 Nov, 0000 JST) with special guest Dr. Olli Suorsa.

Dr. Olli Suorsa will discuss the decisions that smaller powers make when approaching multilateral naval exercises. He argues that participation in the exercises is inherently a political question. Specifically, he will discuss smaller powers’ considerations (with special reference to Southeast Asia) in taking part in naval exercises involving various sets of actors and the participation’s significance for conveying strategic signals. Olli will underline and contrast the different utilities reaped from inclusive and exclusive arrangements, and smaller powers’ agency in accepting/declining invitations, or initiating exercise routines of their own, to signal engagement, deterrence, and/or neutrality.

To join please go to https://meet.google.com/gkr-fved-tqp

Dr. Olli Pekka Suorsa is a Research Fellow in the Maritime Security Programme of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Before joining RSIS he lectured at the Department of Asian and International Studies in the City University of Hong Kong. Dr. Suorsa holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the City University of Hong Kong and a Master’s degree in Asian Politics from SOAS, University of London, UK, and Bachelor’s in International Relations from the Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Dr. Suorsa has also work experience in defence industry in Finland.

Moderator: John Bradford, YCAPS Executive Director and Senior Fellow, RSIS Maritime Security Programme
Webinar Cost: Free of charge
Co-sponsor: Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP)

Please register by RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.

Jimmy Drennan is the President of CIMSEC. Contact him at President@cimsec.org

CFAR 2020: Video Replay Now Online!

By Jimmy Drennan

On August 27, 2020, CIMSEC held its annual CIMSEC Forum for Author and Readers (CFAR), in partnership with the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). This annual event brings readers together with their favorite CIMSEC authors over the preceding year. Authors discussed the articles the readers nominated and voted for, and engaged in question and answer sessions after their presentations. For the first time ever, CFAR was held online, which gave many more individuals an opportunity to participate. Esteemed podcast hosts Alex, Drach, and Jamie from our new Bilge Pumps podcast also joined us to help kick off the event.

Below you can find the replay (plus the access password), the timestamps for each author’s session, and links to their respective articles. We hope you enjoy!

Click Here to Watch the Replay Using the Password: *Af0*F2l

Replay Events

0:00-4:30 – Welcome
4:30-18:45 – Introduction and discussion by The Bilge Pumps
20:20-42:00 “Star Gazing: Why Do We Have So Many Flag Officers?” by James L. McClane and Kevin Eyer
42:00-56:30 “Reflecting the Law of the Sea: In Defense of the Bay of Bengal’s Grey Area”  by Cornell Overfield
57:50-1:17:00 – “Clausewitz, Corbett and Corvettes,” by Sascha Rackwitz
1:17:00-1:39:00 “How China has Overtaken Japan in Naval Power and Why it Matters,” by Toshi Yoshihara
1:39:00-2:02:00 “The Future of Aircraft Carriers: Consider the Air Wing, Not the Platform,” by Robert Rubel
2:02:00-2:03:21 – Closing Remarks

Jimmy Drennan is the President of CIMSEC. Contact him at President@cimsec.org.

Join Us Online Today for the CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR)

By Jimmy Drennan

Please join us this Thursday evening, August 27th, for the 2020 CIMSEC Forum for Author and Readers (CFAR), presented via Zoom by the Center for Naval Analyses. This annual event brings you together with your favorite CIMSEC authors over the past year. Authors will discuss the articles you voted for, and you will be able to ask them questions directly. Plus, the esteemed Alex, Drach, and Jamie from our new Bilge Pumps podcast will kick off the event! Don’t miss it!

For the first time ever, CFAR will be held online, which should give many more of you the opportunity to participate!

Click Here to Join via Zoom! (500-person limit)

Agenda (all times ET):
6:00 – Welcome
6:05 – Introduction by The Bilge Pumps
6:20 – “Star Gazing: Why Do We Have So Many Flag Officers?” by James L. McClane and Kevin Eyer
6:40 – “Reflecting the Law of the Sea: In Defense of the Bay of Bengal’s Grey Area”  by Cornell Overfield
7:00 – “Clausewitz, Corbett and Corvettes,” by Sascha Rackwitz
7:20 – “How China has Overtaken Japan in Naval Power and Why it Matters,” by Toshi Yoshihara
7:40 – “The Future of Aircraft Carriers: Consider the Air Wing, Not the Platform,” by Robert Rubel
8:00 – Closing Remarks


We hope to see you all online!

Jimmy Drennan is the President of CIMSEC. Contact him at President@cimsec.org.

Join Us August 27 for the 2020 CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers!

By Jimmy Drennan

Please join us this Thursday evening, August 27th, for the 2020 CIMSEC Forum for Author and Readers (CFAR), presented via Zoom by the Center for Naval Analyses. This annual event brings you together with your favorite CIMSEC authors over the past year. Authors will discuss the articles you voted for, and you will be able to ask them questions directly. Plus, the esteemed Alex, Drach, and Jamie from our new Bilge Pumps podcast will kick off the event! Don’t miss it!

For the first time ever, CFAR will be held online, which should give many more of you the opportunity to participate!

Click Here to Join via Zoom! 

Agenda (all times ET):
6:00 – Welcome
6:05 – Introduction by The Bilge Pumps
6:20 – “Star Gazing: Why Do We Have So Many Flag Officers?” by James L. McClane and Kevin Eyer
6:40 – “Reflecting the Law of the Sea: In Defense of the Bay of Bengal’s Grey Area”  by Cornell Overfield
7:00 – “Clausewitz, Corbett and Corvettes,” by Sascha Rackwitz
7:20 – “How China has Overtaken Japan in Naval Power and Why it Matters,” by Toshi Yoshihara
7:40 – “The Future of Aircraft Carriers: Consider the Air Wing, Not the Platform,” by Robert Rubel
8:00 – Closing Remarks


We hope to see you all online!

Jimmy Drennan is the President of CIMSEC. Contact him at President@cimsec.org.