Monday, September 20, 2021
Second Day Introduction and Remarks
Jayanath Colombage, Foreign Secretary, Sri Lanka
Moderator: Lisa Curtis, Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Island Security and the Blue Economy
Panelists will examine the convergence of threat perceptions between island nations and key security players in the Indo-Pacific, including the United States, India, France, and the United Kingdom. Discussants will also explore the impact of the environment on security and key priorities and challenges of SIDS and AOSIS, focusing specifically on the blue economy.
Teburoro Tito, Permanent Representative, Republic of Kiribati
Atsushi Watanabe, Senior Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Anna Powles, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, Massey University, New Zealand
11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Investment and Development Cooperation
What are the key challenges for investment and development cooperation in islands across the Indian and Pacific Oceans? This panel will feature a conversation on opportunities for investment and cooperation in island nations.
Hiroyuki Suzuki, Chief Representative, Washington Office, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Fiona Webster, Deputy Head of Mission to the UN, Australia
Moderator: Zainab Usman, Senior Fellow and Director, Africa Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Satyendra Prasad, Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the UN, Fiji
Moderator: Darshana M. Baruah, Associate Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
U.S. View on Islands in the Indo-Pacific
This panel will discuss U.S. engagements, priorities, and views toward island nations in Washington’s Indo-Pacific framework.
Lisa Curtis, Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Edgard Kagan, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asia and Oceania, U.S. National Security Council
Randall G. Schriver, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs
Moderator: Evan Feigenbaum, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Junko Chano, Executive Director, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Darshana M. Baruah, Associate Fellow, South Asia, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace