6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Maritime Security in the Polar Regions: Legal Perspectives from the United States and China

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Large-scale environmental changes have precipitated changing geopolitical and maritime conditions at both poles. These changes are expanding shipping and resource development activities in the Arctic.  Similar changes are also affecting Antarctica and may complicate governance of scientific research, tourism and fisheries management in that region. Both China, which released in January 2018 its first formal Arctic policy, and the United States have interests in the responsible development of the Arctic region and are key players in Antarctica as well.

Hong Nong, Mark Nevitt, and Mark Rosen will present recently published research and discuss the evolving Arctic and Antarctic legal regimes. David Balton and Lindsay Rodman will provide remarks.



  • Michael Sfraga

    Director, Global Risk and Resilience Program and Director, Polar Institute


  • Sherri Goodman

    Senior Fellow
    Former U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security)


  • Dr. Nong Hong

    Executive Director and Senior Fellow, Institute for China–America Studies
  • Mark Nevitt

    Sharswood Fellow, Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Mark E. Rosen

    Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The CNA Corporation
  • Ambassador David Balton

    Senior Fellow
    Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries, U.S. Department of State, retired
  • Lindsay Rodman

    International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations