Jan 15, 2016: CG Vice Commandant Introduces Arctic Coast Guard Forum

Can the United States and its allies cooperate with Russia, China and other Asian nations during times of tense relations — or will cooperation on common interests in the Arctic succumb to the more familiar geopolitical tensions of the Cold War era? Please join us at Stimson as Vice Admiral Charles Michel, the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, will deliver a keynote speech on the new Arctic Coast Guard Forum established to promote maritime safety and security cooperation in the Arctic.

Rep. Joe Courtney on the US, the Law of the Sea and the South China Sea

Congressman Joe Courtney represents the 2nd District in Connecticut and serves as ranking minority member of the Seapower Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. He comes from one of the nation's most ocean-focused districts, home to the US Coast Guard Academy in New London and the US Naval Base in Groton, as well as Mystic Seaport just up the coast from the CG and Navy sites. In the following article published in Roll Call on Sept. 28th, Representative Courtney presents the benefits to the US of becoming party to the LOS Convention without overselling it.

Reference Publication: Limits in the Seas - The South China Sea

With oral arguments on jurisdiction and administrative matters beginning on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, the case of maritime claims and jurisdiction in the South China Sea is again gaining attention. The US Department of State publication "Limits in the Seas", issue 143, is particularly relevant to people interested in this case, but it can be difficult to locate on the State Department web site, you mad access the publication at the link below (which will open in a new window) or you may click on the image.

New State Department Testimony in Favor of LOS Accession

Testifying on "Maritime Issues in East Asia," Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel made the strongest public endorsement of US accession to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea I can recall since President Obama's speech at West Point early in his second term.

Russel mentioned "Law of the Sea" eight times in his testimony before the SFRC and on page 5 of his 7 page written testimony made the following remarks (I have added bold in the third paragraph to draw your attention to the key recommendation):

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