The Indo-Pacific: Security Governance for Peace

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 20184:00PM - 6:30PMKaneff Research Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street
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Second in the Series of Annual Workshops on Ocean Frontiers


About the Workshop:

This second round of the annual series of workshops on Ocean Frontiers focusses on “The Indo-Pacific”. This workshop brings together scholars, officials and research experts to discuss a range of trans-frontier security issues emerging from the Indo-Pacific region. Of critical importance is clarity on what the “Indo-Pacific” construct means and implies, both as an epistemic category of geostrategic vision and as a geophysical domain in the larger context of perilous maritime-space-nuclear nexus. The workshop also aims to promote insights into international security governance norms, Canada’s role in Indo-Pacific security governance, and Canadian engagement in trans-pacific peace processes through ASEAN, NATO, and the U.N. The larger purpose is to foster critical thinking on geostrategic issues management, and promote discussions on peaceful ways of establishing global security governance mechanisms.

Program Plan:

4 – 4.30p.m: Reception & Registration: workshop participants (scholars, officials, researchers), York’s AVP Research, Heads of Depts. and faculty members (Political Science, Science & Technology Studies; Geography; Environmental Studies; Int. Law) & Science for Peace Committee members

4.30 – 5.30p.m:
I. Welcome Address: by AVP Research Dr. Celia Haig Brown/York U President, Dr. Rhonda Lenton; Exec. Dir., York Center for Asian Research, Dr. Abidin Kusno

II. Introduction to the workshop objectives; on the 3 areas of focus, and on exploratory research questions – Venilla Rajaguru (York U; Science for Peace)

5.30- 6.30p.m: Keynote Address by Canadian Ambassador to the UN (ret’d) Peggy Mason on Security Governance for Peace (past lessons, current challenges, policies and security norms for peace)

Q & A with audience 15-20mins


Peggy Mason
President, Rideau Institute and Canadian Ambassador to the UN (ret'd)


Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDAI)

Science for Peace, Canada

York University


Asian Institute

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