Commanding the Commons in the Early 21st Century

Commanding the Commons in the Early 21st Century

A reassessment of America's control of the global commons - Sea, Air, Space

November 29-30, 2016

Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
1002 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77843



Does the US still command the maritime commons? If yes, for how long can it continue to command the commons? What are the most likely emerging geopolitical challenges to US command of the maritime commons? How should the US respond to these challenges?


Tuesday, November 29

8:30-10:15 a.m. Panel 1
Command of the Commons - A Reassessment
  • Ehud Eiran and Aviad Rubin, University of Haifa
  • Jasen Castillo, Bush School, Texas A&M University
  • Paul Van Hooft, Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute
  • Robert Haddick, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
  • Chair: Will Ruger, Charles Koch Institute

10:15-10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel 2
    Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Challenges
  • Heidi Lane, U.S. Naval War College
  • Stephen Stetter, German Military Academy-Energy
  • Harry Tzimitras, Atlantic Council
  • Jeremy Pressman, University of Connecticut
  • Chair: Greg Gause, Bush School, Texas A&M University

1:30-3:30 p.m. Panel 3
    A New Region of Contestation? The High North
  • Jonathan Markowitz, University of Southern California
  • Dawn Alexandrea Berry, Einaudi Center, Cornell
  • Øystein Tunjø, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
  • Chair: Aviad Rubin, University of Haifa

3:30-4:00 p.m. Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. Panel 4
    East Asia: The Impact of China’s Rise
  • Toshi Yoshihara, U.S. Naval War College
  • Collin Koh, S. Rajarantnam School of International Studies - Singapore
  • Christopher Layne, Texas A&M University
  • Chair: Joshua Rovner, Southern Methodist University

Wednesday, November 30

9:45-11:45 a.m. Panel 5
    The Role of the Commons in Future US Grand Strategy
  • John Maurer, U.S. Naval War College
  • Stacie Pettyjohn, RAND Corporation
  • Josh Shifrinson and John Schluessler, Bush School, Texas A&M University
  • Steven Miller, Editor-in-Chief, International Security, and Director, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Chair: Randall Schweller, The Ohio State University