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Maritime Irregular Warfare: Preparing to Meet Hybrid Maritime Threats
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Maritime Irregular Warfare: Preparing to Meet Hybrid Maritime Threats

Maritime irregular warfare represents an enduring and mounting challenge for the United States. Examples of related actions abound: Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea; possible Iranian attacks on Gulf shipping; China’s illegal fishing, dangerous maneuvers and alleged use of lasers, and other violations of international law in and beyond the South China Sea; North Korea’s illicit smuggling on the high seas; and maritime terrorism, piracy, and transnational trafficking.

To sharpen our understanding of these threats and initiate a discussion on what might be done, Hudson Institute will host the authors of two new books that address historical and current challenges of maritime irregular warfare. Their remarks will be followed by an expert panel on the implications for the Navy and U.S. national security, especially given the rise of what might be called an era of resurgent political warfare and hybrid threats. Hudson Institute Chair for Asia-Pacific Security and Senior Fellow Dr. Patrick M. Cronin will moderate the discussion.

NOTE: This event is open to the press. All members of the media should RSVP to [email protected]


Benjamin Armstrong

Author, Small Boats and Daring Men: Maritime Raiding, Irregular Warfare, and the Early American Navy

Patrick Cronin

Asia-Pacific Security Chair, Hudson Institute

Dr. Peter Haynes

Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; former Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J5), U.S. Special Operations Command

Dr. Martin N. Murphy

Visiting Fellow, Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies and author, Small Boats, Weak States, Dirty Money: Piracy and Maritime Terrorism in the Modern World; former Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Linda Robinson

Senior International/Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation

Joshua Tallis

Author, The War for Muddy Waters: Pirates, Terrorists, Traffickers and Maritime Insecurity

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