Maritime Futures and the Bering Strait Region–CSIS

Above is a video of a symposium conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 29, 2017, with Rear Admiral Michael F. McAlister, Commander, 17th Coast Guard District, as the speaker. He talked about:

  • The Arctic as he sees it now and his concerns for the future.
  • Working relationship with counterparts in Russia, China, Canada, and other Artic nations.
  • Some of the topics were a traffic management scheme jointly proposed with Russia for the area around the Bering Strait.
  • Prospect of increased Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing in the Arctic.
  • Differences in pollution response regulations and planning compared to how it is done in the lower 48.
  • Improved communications among Arctic Coast Guard Forum nations.
  • Extending Maritime Domain Awareness to include groups outside the Coast Guard such as environmental groups and native villages.
As an aside he also mentioned a program I was not aware of, that the Coast Guard seconds officers to think-tanks like CSIS.

Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention.

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