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Advanced Course in Maritime Security 2024
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The MSP course provides an important overview of the challenges associated with safeguarding sovereign issues in international waters, coastal areas, and inland waterways. Areas within 200 nautical miles (nm) of the coast normally involve sovereign issues whereas beyond that range include challenges associated with the global commons in international waters.

The course begins with an examination of the structural and legal foundations of maritime waters, primarily through a broad examination of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other international treaties. Course participants will understand the distinctions of international waters, the continental zone, and territorial waters. In addition, the course addresses the issues associated with international straits, innocent passage, archipelagic zones, and strategic waterways such as the Panama Canal.

Within that context, the course examines a wide range of contemporary maritime security issues within these nautical zones from legal, operational, and economic perspectives. This include but are not limited to illicit trafficking of arms, humans, and drugs; pollution abatement; response to man-made disasters such as oil spills and ship accidents; and humanitarian operations such as shipwrecks and migrant responses.

IMPORTANT DATES

DOCUMENTS / LINKS

In-Person Phase:
13 May 2024 -
24 May 2024

COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This course is designed to provide opportunities to:

  • Educate civilian participants about maritime security operation and marine activities to include the legal, operational, and economic aspects, empowering them to play a more active role in the design of sustainable maritime security policies.
  • Identify interagency and whole-of-government efforts to ensure effective maritime domain awareness and governance.
  • Examine sovereignty marine governance issues associated with jurisdiction and resources at sea.
  • Identify measures to improve the nation’s abilities to respond to maritime humanitarian operations to include search and rescue; migrant assistance; and pollution abatement.
  • Understand the threats posed to communities in Latin American and Caribbean nations by climate change and global warming. These include more powerful storms, increased levels of precipitation, and rising sea levels, among others.

COURSE STRUCTURE

To accommodate participation by working professionals, the MSP course is organized over two weeks of full-day sessions. The curriculum combines lectures, question-and-answer sessions, moderated panels, and working group discussions led by Perry Center professors.

In an academic, non-attribution environment, participants have the unique experience of listening to and exchanging ideas with key civilian and military officials who work on maritime security issues in the Western Hemisphere. This may include representatives from international organizations as well as personnel from national governments who can provide diverse perspectives, responsibilities, bureaucratic considerations, and policy challenges and preferences.

Course participants are also expected to present a short verbal description of their own research on a topic associated with the course content.

ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS

This pilot course is tailored to specific roles and responsibilities that pertain to the course objectives. We are working with ministries in partner governments and our interagency partners to identify potential participants. For this reason, we are not currently accepting applications for this course.

This pilot course is tailored to specific roles and responsibilities that pertain to the course objectives. We are working with ministries in partner governments and our interagency partners to identify potential participants. For this reason, we are not currently accepting applications for this course.

This pilot course is tailored to specific roles and responsibilities that pertain to the course objectives. We are working with ministries in partner governments and our interagency partners to identify potential participants. For this reason, we are not currently accepting applications for this course.

This pilot course is tailored to specific roles and responsibilities that pertain to the course objectives. We are working with ministries in partner governments and our interagency partners to identify potential participants. For this reason, we are not currently accepting applications for this course.

COURSE FACULTY

CDR (ret.) Pat Paterson, PhD
Dr. Patrick Paterson
Course Co-Director
LCDR Diego Cabuya
Course Co-Director