Bush School to Host Conference on American Command of the Maritime Commons

November 17, 2016

Two images of naval ships on the ocean


The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will host “Commanding the Commons in the Early 21st Century” from November 29 to 30 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

The event will provide a reassessment of America’s control of the global maritime commons and a look ahead at the emerging strategic challenges confronting the U.S. in the early 21st century.

The conference is inspired by MIT Professor Barry Posen’s seminal article “Command of the Commons: The Military Foundations of U.S. Hegemony,” published in International Security in 2003.  Posen will provide a keynote address on the first night of the conference at a dinner hosted at the Cavalry Court Hotel in College Station. Texas A&M Provost Karan Watson, Vice-Provost Michael Benefik, and Bush School Dean Mark Welsh will address the conference. 

The conference is being co-organized by the Bush School and the University of Haifa’s Research Center for Maritime Strategy and will feature these panels:

  • Command of the Commons—A Reassessment
  • Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Challenges
  • A New Region of Contestation? The High North
  • East Asia: The Impact of China’s Rise
  • The Role of the Commons in Future U.S. Grand Strategy

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