The CSIS Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative are pleased to present the Eighth Annual CSIS South China Sea Conference on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

This full-day conference will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion and analysis of developments in the South China Sea over the past year and potential paths forward. The event will feature speakers from throughout the region, including claimant countries. Panels will address recent developments, legal and environmental issues, the strategic balance, and U.S. policy.

9:00 a.m.     Morning Keynote

Representative Ted Yoho
Chair, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Committee on Foreign Affairs
United States House of Representatives

9:45 a.m.     Panel: State of Play in the South China Sea over the Past Year

Bill Hayton 
Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme
Chatham House

Colin Willett 
Asia Section Research Manager
Congressional Research Service

Sumathy Permal 
Fellow and Head of Centre for Straits of Malacca
Maritime Institute of Malaysia

Feng Zhang 
Fellow, Department of International Relations
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Amy Searight 
Senior Adviser and Director, Southeast Asia Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

11:00 a.m.  Coffee Break

11:15 a.m.  Panel: Dispute Resolution in the South China Sea and Beyond

Commodore Lalit Kapur (Retd) 
Senior Fellow
Delhi Policy Group

Charles I-hsin Chen 
Visiting Senior Fellow
Institute for Taiwan-America Studies

Bec Strating 
La Trobe University

Thanh Hai Do 
Senior Fellow
Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

Gregory Poling 
Director, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative; and Fellow, Southeast Asia Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

12:30 p.m.   Lunch Served

1:15 p.m.     Lunch Keynote (off the record)

The Honorable Randall G. Schriver 
Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs
United States Department of Defense

2:00 p.m.    Panel: Environmental Issues in the South China Sea

Vo Si Tuan 
Senior Scientist
Institute of Oceanography, Nha Trang

Carmen Ablan Lagman 
De La Salle University

Rashid Sumaila 
Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit
University of British Columbia

Mark Powell
Senior Researcher, Oceans
Vulcan Inc.

Brian Harding
Deputy Director and Fellow, Southeast Asia Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

3:15 p.m.    Coffee Break

3:30 p.m.    Panel: The Military Balance in the South China Sea

Collin Koh Swee Lean 
Research Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University

Hideshi Tokuchi 
Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Richard Heydarian 
ADR-Stratbase Institute

Bonnie Glaser 
Senior Advisor and Director, China Power Project
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Andrew Shearer
Senior Adviser on Asia Pacific Security and Director, Alliances and American Leadership Project
Center for Strategic and International Studies

4:45 p.m.    Adjourn

This event is made possible by the FESS Foundation, the Embassy of Australia, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Embassy of Japan, the Embassy of New Zealand, and general support to CSIS.