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JIDD 2014: Building Maritime
Collaboration for Security and Stability

 

The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia is pleased to announce the fourth annual Jakarta International Defence Dialogue (JIDD), “Building Maritime Collaboration for Security and Stability,” to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia on 19-20 March 2014.

The main objective of the JIDD is to promote intergovernmental cooperation to meet common threats and challenges. The organizers seek to provide a forum for officials and experts to discuss current and evolving trends in the region, to enhance government-to-government and military-to-military confidence building, and help facilitate ongoing and new multilateral initiatives. The  JIDD  hopes  to  contribute to  an  environment that  is  favorable to  a  lasting peaceful order in the Asia-Pacific region, characterized by cooperation, transparency, and trust among governments and militaries alike.

With the support of the Indonesia Defence University (IDU) and the International Peace Institute (IPI), JIDD 2014 will explore maritime security challenges with the primary aim of bolstering regional and multilateral cooperation in regulating the maritime domain. The two-day conference will convene at the Jakarta Convention Center.

Maritime security and the complex issues it encompasses require collaboration among states and regional bodies, for the peaceful regulation of trade, migration, and military forces on the open sea. This cooperation is not only in the national interest of individual states, but can also make the world more secure and protected from threats arising or crossing bord ers by sea.

The  conference  will  address  the  following  five  themes:  1)  Exploring  the  Indo-Pacific;  2) Managing Contested Waters; 3) Coping with Non-Traditional Threats; 4) Modernizing and Stabilizing Military Forces; 5) Strengthening Legal and Diplomatic Cooperation at Sea.

The JIDD aims to bring together key national leaders, military officers, academics and policymakers from more than fifty states to strengthen the harmonization of their security priorities and strategies, as well as increase dialogue and engagement between their defence forces for the future stability of the region. Participants will include high -level political and military officials from Asia, Africa, and beyond, as well as maritime leaders from international organizations like the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Each of the five panel sessions outlined herein will feature selected officials and experts as speakers, from various backgrounds and countries. Each session throughout the two-day conference will be a frank and open exchange of ideas among key leaders and experts. All JIDD participants are encouraged to directly engage during each session with comments on the presentations and questions for the panelists.

Please visit www.jidd.org for announcements and updates regarding the schedule and agenda of JIDD 2014.

  • Session 1. Exploring the Indo-Pacific
Over the last decade, the global balance of power has quietly but steadily tipped toward Asia. The geopolitical term the “Indo-Pacific” describes an emerging strategic and economic arc encompassing the Pacific and Indian Oceans through Southeast Asia. It reflects the rise of the Indian Ocean, now the world’s busiest trade corridor due to oil and cargo shipments to and from East Asia, and the growing global significance of the region.
  • What are the strategic implications of this emerging term to describe the region? What are the limits of the concept?
  • What is the impact of increasing Indo-Pacific interconnectedness, for economic and security dynamics in Asia? What are the implications at the global level?
  • How does the Indo-Pacific concept of Asia affect maritime security and cooperation in the region?
Moderator
John Riady, the Jakarta Globe
Panelist
H.E. Senator the Hon. David Johnston, Minister of Defence, Australia
H.E. Masanori Nishi, Administrative Vice-Minister of Defence, Japan
Lt.Gen. Subekti, President of Indonesia Defence University (IDU)
Vice Admiral R.K. Pattanaik, AVSM, YSM, Ministry of Defence, India
Rory Medcalf, Director of the International Security Program, Lowy Institute, Australia
Dr. Lee Jaehyon, Research Fellow, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, Korea
  • Session 2.  Managing Contested Waters
Maritime territorial disputes raise important security and diplomacy issues.  Recent years have seen tensions rise across maritime zones in the region. Maritime diplomacy and innovative approaches such as the creation of zones of cooperation attempt to manage disputes and prevent escalation into conflict. Regional claimants and international powers with a growing stake in the region show a greater willingness to get involved, potentially increasing the risk of conflict.
  • What are the short- and long-term risks for regional maritime security and cooperation, within and beyond the region? What are the prospects for cooperation?
  • Can ASEAN, or other regional organizations, prove a positive force for conflict resolution and the development of cooperative measures?
  • What diplomatic tools can claimants and external powers use to manage and resolve maritime tensions in the region?
Moderator
Prof. Dr. Dewi Fortuna Anwar, M.A., Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia
Panelists
General Jagath Jayasuriya, RWP, VSV, USP, ndu, psc, Chief of Defence Staff, Sri Lanka
Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff of Chinese People's Liberation Army, China
Admiral Harry B. Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, USA
Lieutenant General Arto Räty, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Finland
Ambassador Prof. Dr. Hasjim Djalal, former Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Canada, Germany, and Ambassador at-large for the Law of the Sea and Maritime Affairs
Dr. Ralf Emmers, Associate Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore
Dr. Tran Truong Thuy, Director, South China Sea Studies Program, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Vietnam
  • Session 3.  Coping with Non-Traditional Threats
In addition to territorial disputes, rising non-traditional security threats are affecting the maritime domain throughout the region. These emerging transnational challenges, including transnational organized crime, human and drug trafficking, irregular migration, terrorism, and piracy, are key challenges for nations with sea borders, and also increase global insecurity. International cooperation can counter these threats by increasing states’ maritime capabilities and promoting effective border patrol.
  • What are the key non-traditional challenges for maritime security in the region?
  • How can increased bilateral, multilateral, and international cooperation address these rising threats?
  • Are there examples of integrated maritime security systems, in the region or beyond, that help to control transnational threats?
Moderator
Endy Bayuni, The Jakarta Post
Panelists
Mr. Baek Seung Joo, Vice Minister of National Defence, Republic of Korea
General Moeldoko, Commander-in-Chief of Indonesian National Defence Forces, Indonesia
Lt.Gen. Mark O. Schissler, Deputy Chairman, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee, Belgium
Jens Vestergaard Madsen, Associate Director, Oceans Beyond Piracy, USA
Dr. May-Britt U. Stumbaum, Head of the NFG Research Group, Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • Session 4. Modernizing and Stabilizing Maritime Forces
As maritime forces modernize and continue to develop and adopt new technologies, emerging operational and security implications have to be considered. Strong maritime forces can help secure the maritime domain, but also impact the balance of maritime power and trust among countries. Building maritime forces also raises questions of the increasing need for transparency and communication. This area also raises special concerns for states that are dependent on their sea access for economic prosperity, trade, and sustainable livelihoods.
  • What are the main trends in naval modernization in the region?
  • What role do navies play in the region, as economies grow and both territorial disputes and non-traditional threats are on the rise?
  • What measures can be taken to build cooperation and mutual confidence among naval forces across the region?
Moderator
Ambassador Sabam Siagian, the Jakarta Post
Panelists
Admiral Dr. Marsetio, Chief of Navy, Indonesia
Rear Admiral Samuel Perez Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Plans, Programs, and Operations, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, USA
Commodore Rafael G. Mariano, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippines
Rupakjyoti Borah, Professor, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University of Gujarat, India
Dr. Nong Hong, Deputy Director of the Research Center for Oceans Law & Policy National Institute for South China Sea Studies, China
  • Session 5.  Strengthening Legal and Diplomatic Cooperation at Sea
Robust regulation of the sea, grounded in strong international maritime law, can diffuse tensions in the maritime arena and bolster diplomatic efforts to avoid conflict. This session will convey the current context of maritime geostrategy across security, trade and economy, migration, and natural resource management and competition, asking how cooperation in each area can be strengthened.
  • Are the current legal and multilateral tools sufficient to facilitate maritime cooperation?
  • What role does the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) play? Does it offer a useful framework to address the ongoing territorial tensions in the region?
  • Are there other legal frameworks—applied through ASEAN or bilateral agreements—that can strengthen diplomatic cooperation (across the areas of security, trade, migration, etc.)?
Moderator
Kania Sutisnawinata, Bloomberg TV Indonesia
Panelists
Michele Ameri, Legal Officer, United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
Ambassador Arif Havas Oegroseno, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Belgium and the European Union
Dr. Aileen S.P. Baviera, Former Dean of the Asian Center, University of the Philippines
Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, Vice Dean of the International Law Faculty, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

The JIDD aims to bring together key national leaders, military officers, academics and policymakers from more than fifty states to strengthen the harmonization of their security priorities and strategies, as well as increase dialogue and engagement between their defence forces for the future stability of the region. Participants will include high-level political and military officials from Asia, Africa, and beyond, as well as maritime leaders from international organizations like the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Each panel will feature selected officials and experts as speakers, from various backgrounds and countries. Each session throughout the two-day conference will be a frank and open exchange of ideas among key leaders and experts. All JIDD participants are encouraged to directly engage during each session with comments on the discussion and questions to the panelists.

Please continue to visit www.jidd.org for announcements and updates regarding the schedule and agenda of the JIDD in March 2014.

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Last Updated (Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:38)

 
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