Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Sustainability Speaker Series is supported by a generous grant from Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation.

Fall 2016 Events


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Secure Oceans:  Recommendations for the World's Largest Crime Scene
Lecture, Panel Discussion, and Reception
Tuesday, November 1
Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
499 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940
6:00pm to 8:00pm
The event is free, but registration is required.  To register, please CLICK HERE.
Schedule: 

6:00-7:30pm--Lecture and Panel Discussion.  Audience members will have the opportunity to pose questions via question cards.
7:30-8:00pm--Attendees are invited to join the speaker and panelists for a wine and cheese reception in the atrium following the discussion.

About the Topic: 

Boat with Drying Fish Jaffna Wikipedia 600x800The pillage of the world’s oceans represents threats to vital U.S. and global economic, environmental and security interests. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that our oceans are the world’s largest crime scene due to rampant illegal fishing, trafficking of drugs, arms, and persons, and growing conflict over fishing grounds.  Roughly one billion people rely on the world’s oceans for fish as their primary source of animal protein, and an estimated 880 million people rely on it for their livelihoods.  Rising economic powers such as China have seen fish consumption rates increase 6 percent annually on average  since 1990. A shortage of fish could trigger societal instability among growing populations.   In short, there are conservation, geostrategic, economic and security reasons to make our oceans safer and to fight crimes on the seas.  Join us for a lecture from Johan Bergenäs, Director of the Partnerships in Security and Development Program at the Stimson Center and author of “Secure Oceans,” followed by a panel discussion on innovative policy and technological solutions to amplify, accelerate and strengthen the global response to protecting our oceans.  A reception with the speaker and panelists will follow the discussion.

About the Speaker:

Johan Bergenäs
Director of the Partnerships in Security and Development Program at the Stimson Center

Picture of Johan BergenasJohan Bergenas is a Senior Associate and Director of the  Partnerships in Security and Development Program. One of Bergenas' current primary focus is "natural security" – the interlinkages between environmental challenges and U.S. national and global security – as well as on technology and public-private sector partnerships. His background cuts across a wide range of transnational security challenges - from WMD proliferation, terrorism and transnational organized crime. 

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More Information on Panelists, Moderator, and Related Links:

Center for the Blue Economy Secure Oceans webpage