August 29th 2017

Maritime disputes have emerged as major potential flash-points in the Asia-Pacific region. The tense confrontations that have threatened regional security and stability are fueled by the complex historical relationships between countries, disagreement over maritime sovereignty issues, divergent understandings of international law, and many countries’ relentless pursuit of their national interests. Yet oceans need not be a source of regional tensions. On the contrary, these vast maritime expanses provide opportunities for cooperation among all relevant stakeholders. Oceans are crucial to international trade, global development, and human well being and will play an increasingly significant in the global economy in the future.

To broaden our knowledge of the relationship between regional maritime and global economic issues, Taiwan Center for Security Studies (TCSS) will host the International Conference on Maritime Challenges and Market Opportunities: “Facilitating Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific” in late August 2017 to be attended by domestic and foreign participants from academia and industry. In addition to maritime security and geopolitical issues, the conference will also explore other key topics related to maritime affairs, including the sustainability of the ocean economy, fishing, shipbuilding, maritime energy (e.g. tidal power, offshore wind energy), seabed resources, emerging blue-water technologies, maritime startups, marine environmental protection, marine tourism, and the oceanic cultural and creative industries. 

Through discussions of these interrelated topics, the international conference aims to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds to share alternative perspectives for regional peace and development and innovative solutions for maritime dispute management. It is our hope that, through such inclusive dialogue on the relationship between maritime disputes and market opportunities, we can together make a meaningful contribution to addressing one of the most pressing issues of our time.