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Upcoming Lectures, Meet-ups, Happy Hours, Discussions, Symposia, Conferences

CIMSEC Event Invite: 12 SEP DC Discussion: PLA Reform from a Regional Perspective

Join CIMSEC’s DC chapter for an evening happy hour discussion on PLA reform and Asia-Pacific security from a regional perspective.

Featured Discussant: CHANG, Ching, a retired career officer of over 30 years from the Republic of China Navy and a maritime strategist as well as a leading PLA expert in Taiwan. Dr. Chang is also a frequent contributor to CIMSEC, and will offer a presentation on PLA military reform and regional security in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Chang attends various functions on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to understand security matters and can provide a uniquely informed perspective.

Time: Wednesday, 12 September, 6:00-8:00pm

Place: Fuel Pizza Farragut Square, 1606 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006 (via Farragut North or West Metro Station).

RSVPs not necessary but appreciated:

Aug CIMSEC DC Meet-Up: Lightning Rounds

By Scott Cheney-Peters

The (never-ending) rumble of thunder means it’s time for CIMSEC’s Summer Lightning Rounds: 5 minute presentations by CIMSEC members on their current work in the maritime security world or maritime security challenges they’re grappling with.  Join us at Ireland’s Four Courts’ Cottage Bar to mingle, hear fine folks sharing a bit of their interests or work from across the maritime spectrum, or consider discussing a bit of your own.

If you’re interested in participating as a presenter or would like to RSVP, please contact All are welcome.

Time: Monday, 27 Aug, 5:30-7:00pm; presentations will begin approximately 6:00.

Place: Ireland’s Four Courts 2051 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (Courthouse Metro stop on the Orange/Silver Line). 

CIMSEC Event Invite: 20 JUN DC Discussion: The USCG in the SCS

Join CIMSEC’s DC chapter for an evening happy hour discussion on the challenges and opportunities presented by the potential for an expanded role of the U.S. Coast Guard in Southeast Asia, and in particular a focus on the question of what role, if any, it should play in the South China Sea.  Discussants:

CDR (Ret) John D. Hooper is a Sr. Naval Analyst for Whitney, Bradley and Brown, and an Adjunct Professor for the U.S. Naval War College, and is supporting OPNAV on the CNO’s staff.*

Shawn Lansing (@cgrsqswmr) is an active duty Coast Guard officer currently assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.*

*Both will be speaking in a personal capacity and their views may not reflect the official policy of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard.

Time: Wednesday, 20 June, 6:00-8:00pm

Place: Fuel Pizza Farragut Square, 1606 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006 (via Farragut North or West Metro Station).

RSVPs not necessary but appreciated:

CFAR 2018: And The Winners Are…

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On 15 May CIMSEC will host the fourth annual CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR), an event for our readers and the public to engage our contributors on their work and topics of interest.  Thanks to the generous support of CNA we are pleased to offer a professional conference on a range of maritime security issues.

The evening will provide a chance to engage your favorite CIMSEC contributors on their work over the preceding year, hear their thoughts on how their pieces have held up, and explore predictions for the coming year. Following last year’s success, CNA speakers will again participate in the proceedings.

Congratulations to the Winners and Speakers:

CIMSEC Category:
“The U.S. Coast Guard in the South China Sea: Strategy or Folly?”
By Michael D. Armour

“Three Hard Questions for U.S. Maritime Strategy in A Digital Age”
By Frank Goertner

“The Battle of Locust Point: An Oral History of the First Autonomous Combat Engagement”
By David Strachan

“Fighting for the Seafloor: From Lawfare to Warfare”
By Kyle Cregge

CNA Category:
“NATO Maritime Strategy for a New Era: “These Aren’t the SLOCs You’re Looking For”
By Steve Wills

“Unconstrained Foreign Direct Investment: An Emerging Challenge to Arctic Security”
By Mark Rosen and Cara Thuringer

How were the speakers be chosen?  All CIMSEC readers were welcome to submit nominations for articles with the only criteria that the article nominated must have appeared on the site on or after 15 April, 2017.  After nominations closed, CIMSEC members voted and the top vote-getters received invites to speak at CFAR.  Not yet a member?  Consider joining CIMSEC for free!

Event Details:
Date: May 15th 
5:00pm-6:00pm: Pre-Event Reception (Details upon RSVPing)
6:00pm-6:15pm: Welcome
6:15pm-8:00pm: Author Discussions and Q+As
Location: CNA, 3003 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201