The sea never changes - it forges the life-lines of nations.*
A simple definition of maritime security would list four key elements. They are freedom of navigation, unrestricted flow of commerce, the protection of ocean resources and the exclusive rights of sovereign nations in their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs).
Nearly all of the thirty-six countries that comprise the Indo-Pacific region are maritime nations. The region contains nine of the ten busiest seaports in the world and more than half of global maritime trade transits the region.
The national sovereignty and economic well-being of nations in the region are dependent on the maintenance of the rule of law and international norms on the high seas as described in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Today this rule of law is being challenged by expansionist territorial claims in the South China Sea, harassment of foreign vessels in international waters, and disregard for exclusive fishing rights.
Countering these threats to maritime security in the region requires the collaborative efforts of like-minded nations in the military, diplomatic, law-enforcement, and commercial arenas. IMSE will examine these efforts by featuring senior maritime leaders from the region as speakers and panelists examining a broad range of topics to include the strengthening of multi-national maritime military capability, capacity building efforts that include security assistance and cooperation, law-enforcement on the high seas, and diplomatic efforts in the region. The conference will also give attendees ample opportunities for informal interaction through a number of informal networking social events to include coffee breaks, meals and receptions.
IMSE is TRADITIONALLY scheduled coincident with the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, or RIMPAC, the world's largest international maritime exercise, conducted biennially primarily in the waters around Hawaii. Twenty-five nations and 25,000 personnel participated in RIMPAC 2018.