Maritime Security Challenges Series
In existence since 2005, the biennial Maritime Security Challenges Conference (MSC), located in Victoria, BC, is the only conference of its kind in Canada. With over 200 international delegates from military and related maritime industries attending this bienniel event, the conference attracts an exclusive senior contingent of professionals involved in all aspects of maritime operations and security, from thought-leaders, to academics, to industry suppliers, to well-known and accomplished subject matter experts, from all over the world.
Delegates are brought together for 3 days to Victoria, BC, a beautiful capital city on an island in the Pacific Northwest, in an environment that fosters learning and exchange with ample opportunity for connecting with peers. Known for quality programming, MSC uniquely blends both academic theory and current issues, drawing on a significant range of international security analysts. MSC 2012 is led and endorsed by two key organizations situated in Victoria but with far-reaching mandates: the presenting organization, Royal Roads University (RRU), with Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) and the Asia-Pacific Center of Security Studies (APCSS) playing a supporting role.
With historical ties to the military, having been a military college from 1940 to 1995 prior to becoming a university, RRU offers formal academic programs, professional studies, continuing studies and interpretive services to students from around the world. Like MARPAC, its School of Peace and Conflict Management Studies plays a role in MSC programming with the objective of increasing the awareness and support for its degree and graduate diploma programs as well as research in justice studies, conflict management, human security, peace-building and disaster management. MARPAC, a division of the Department of National Defence, is responsible for maintaining multipurpose, combat-capable maritime forces to conduct operations in Canadian waters and in support of national objectives primarily in the Pacific Rim Region, but also anywhere in the world. Its key role with MSC is to guide programming while increasing the profile of MARPAC within the international military community.
The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) is a U.S. Department of Defense academic institute that officially opened Sept. 4, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The APCSS addresses regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and conferences, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The Center supports the U.S. Pacific Command by developing and sustaining relationships among security practitioners and national security establishments throughout the region. APCSS’ mission is to build capacities and communities of interest by educating, connecting, and empowering security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security. It is one of the Department of Defense’s five regional security studies centers. With a non-warfighting mission, the Center focuses on a multilateral and multi-dimensional approach to defining and addressing regional security issues and concerns. The most beneficial result is building relationships of trust and confidence among future leaders and decision-makers within the region.
APCSS provides a focal point where national officials, decision makers and policy makers can gather to exchange ideas, explore pressing issues and achieve a greater understanding of the challenges that shape the security environment of the Asia-Pacific region. As well, the Center gives attention to the increasingly complex interrelationships of military, economic, political and diplomatic policies relevant to regional security issues through its three academic components: executive education, conferences and research and publications efforts.
The APCSS is proud to partner with MARPAC and Royal Roads University in the 2012 Maritime Security Challenges Conference, and to give support in a variety of critical areas of international security, including security issues in the Gulf of Guinea and transnational challenges associated with the issue of trafficking at sea.
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"Many thanks for the rewarding experience of participating in [MSC 2008] that was conducted so brilliantly. The concept was sweeping and comprehensive, the planning was meticulous, and the execution was flawless. I consider it a privilege to have been invited."
~ Senior Officer, Indian Navy