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CFAR 2017 Nominations Now Open

We want to know who YOU want to speak at the 3rd annual CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR). Choose your favorite article or author from the last year, who has published an original piece on CIMSEC anytime on or after February 26th, 2016, and nominate them now!

Thanks to the generous support of CNA and the U.S. Naval Institute, we’re pleased to once again offer a professional evening workshop on a range of maritime security issues. But we can’t do it without you. We need your help determining what authors and issues will be highlighted, so nominate today!  Nominations close April 3rd. And don’t forget to RSVP to the event

Join Us at CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR) 2017

On 01 May CIMSEC will host the third 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 and the U.S. Naval Institute we are pleased to offer a professional workshop 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. For the first time CNA will also participate in the proceedings (more on that coming soon).

Videos from last year’s event here

Event Details:
Date: May 1st.
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

Who will these speakers at CFAR 2016 be? All CIMSEC readers are welcome to submit nominations for articles with the only criteria that the article nominated must have appeared on the site on or after 26 February, 2016. After nominations close, CIMSEC members will vote and the top vote-getters will receive invites to speak at CFAR.

Click here for information about applying for free CIMSEC membership

CFAR 2017 Timeline
– Nominations: 24 March-03 April (Check back here Friday for more details on nominating)
– Voting: 08-14 April
– Winners Announced: 17 April
– CFAR 2017: 01 May

To RSVP to the event, fill out the form at this link

Reflecting on the CIMSEC Forum For Authors and Readers

By Kaitlin Sharkey

The 2nd Annual CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR) showcased five member-selected contributions from the last year. Authors presented a recap of their articles as well as updates and future predictions. As a newcomer to CIMSEC and the concept of maritime security as a whole, I was most struck by the simultaneous breadth of the topics covered and depth of the members’ expertise. Presentations included analyses of strategy, history, and current events and incorporated a global range of geographic locations. Discussions between authors and members showed the wealth of experience and knowledge that characterizes CIMSEC.

The authors’ presentations were not fixed summaries but instead prompted critical thinking as to how current and past events can shape future maritime developments and strategy. What do the evacuations of civilians from Yemen tell us about foreign naval capacities? Can we predict the future role of the aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy based on historical debate? As the definition of maritime security evolves, how can U.S. maritime strategy encompass broader threats, like human trafficking and illegal fishing? CFAR enabled these discussions to continue outside of the written articles online and among a diverse group of sailors, academics, and policymakers. As a new CIMSEC member, I look forward to engaging with the community on these critical issues of maritime peace and security. Below are the author presentations.

Joshua Tallis discusses his article The New U.S. Maritime Strategy

Alejandro Sanchez discusses his article  Neither Side Appears Ready for War: Falklands/Malvinas Islands Analysis

Andrew S. Erickson and Conor M. Kennedy of the Naval War College discuss their article China’s Daring Vanguard: Introducing Sanya City’s Maritime Militia

Steve Wills discusses his article Four Carrier Crises and Yet No Funeral for the Large Flattop

Claude Berube also presented on his article The Role of Navies in the Yemeni Conflict, co-authored with Stephanie Chenault, Louis Martin-Vezian and Chris Rawley. The video replay is not uploaded per author request. Ryan Martinson, author of East Asian Security in the Age of the Chinese Mega-Cutter, was unable to attend.

The speaker lineup at CFAR demonstrates what is special about CIMSEC. None of the presenters are CIMSEC “fellows” or “staff writers,” they are people who sought to use CIMSEC as a platform for their analysis. They respect our top-notch audience and high standard. Anyone has the opportunity to publish with CIMSEC and have the chance to present at CFAR in the future. Interested authors can view the means at their disposal on our Write for CIMSEC page, and reach out to the editorial team at Nextwar@cimsec.org to see what we can accomplish. From the CIMSEC editorial team, thank you to all our readers, writers, and presenters. You are the driving force behind our success.

Kaitlin Sharkey is a defense consultant and CIMSEC Associate Editor. She holds a Master of Global Policy Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. 

CFAR 2016: And The Winners Are….

Our readers have spoken and selected the following articles as their favorite from the prior year. Now you have the chance to hear from the authors on how their pieces have held up and explore predictions for the coming year at the 2nd annual CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR) in Washington, DC, on March 24th. RSVP Here: http://cimsec.org/cfar-2016/cfar-2016-rsvp.

The Winners Are…

– The Role of Navies in the Yemeni Conflict, Claude Berube, Stephanie Chenault, Louis M-V, Chris Rawley http://cimsec.org/the-roles-of-navies-in-the-yemeni-conflict/15901

– East Asian Security in the Age of the Chinese Mega-Cutter, Ryan Martinson http://cimsec.org/east-asian-security-age-chinese-mega-cutter/16974

– Neither Side Appears Ready for War: Falklands/Malvinas Islands Analysis, W. Alejandro Sanchez http://cimsec.org/neither-side-appears-ready-for-war-falklandsmalvinas-islands-analysis/21163

– China’s Daring Vanguard: Introducing Sanya City’s Maritime Militia, Andrew S. Erickson and Conor M. Kennedy http://cimsec.org/chinas-daring-vanguard-introducing-sanya-citys-maritime-militia/19753

– Four Carrier Crises and Yet No Funeral for the Large Flattop, Steven Wills http://cimsec.org/21018-2/21018

– The New U.S. Maritime Strategy, Joshua Tallis http://cimsec.org/new-us-maritime-strategy/15507

Congratulations to all those nominated and to the winners – all but “East Asian Security in the Age of the Chinese Mega-Cutter” will be represented at CFAR. 

RSVP to CFAR 2016 Now!