China Maritime Studies Institute Conferences

The China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) has conducted conferences since 2005. Conferences have addressed a range of issues in Chinese maritime development, encompassing both competitive and also cooperative themes. This series of conferences has directly resulted in the publication of four scholarly books, dozens of published academic articles, and multiple briefings for key U.S. decision-makers and relevant staffs.

Peter Dutton, director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks to participants of the 2016 Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups Symposium at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
Peter Dutton, director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks to participants of the 2016 Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups Symposium at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. Key discussions of the symposium included maritime irregular warfare, grey zone conflicts, and addressing irregular maritime migration. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jess Lewis/Released)

About China Maritime Studies Institute Conferences

Typically lasting two days, our CMSI conferences happen on a periodic basis and bring together academic experts, policy makers, and practitioners for panel discussions and presentations that focus on selected aspects of Chinese maritime development and the international security environment.

These conferences serve to stimulate focused research and foster dialogue among Chinese and American specialists resulting in enhanced understanding and continued productive research and analysis on focus areas. Although short in duration, the annual CMSI conferences provide a lasting impact on research that informs leaders and policy makers.

Upcoming Event

Our conferences address topics ranging from China’s shipbuilding program and its evolving surface fleet to the nation’s Far East operations, their ongoing strategy in the region, and the maritime implications of a strong Chinese navy.

Most Recent Events

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses students, staff and faculty at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

CMSI Conference: China's Gray Zone Maritime Operations

May. 02, 2017
McCarty Little Hall Auditorium, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

This conference covers China’s major maritime forces beyond core People's Liberation Army navy units, with particular focus on China’s second and third sea forces: the “white-hulled” coast guard and “blue-hulled” maritime militia.

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses students, staff and faculty at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

CMSI Conference: China's Naval Shipbuilding

May. 19, 2015
McCarty Little Hall Auditorium, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

This was the 10th conference hosted by the China Maritime Studies Institute and it focused on the chief of naval operations-directed topic of China's naval shipbuilding.