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Patuxent Defense Forum


The Patuxent Defense Forum, formerly the Patuxent Summer Institute, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is a meeting of academics, military officers, government employees, and defense contractors. The conference, co-sponsored by The Patuxent Partnership, is held at St. Mary’s College of Maryland during the month of April to encourage the participation of students in the discussions.

The 2013 Patuxent Defense Forum was held on April 23, 2013 at St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City, Maryland, with the generous support of SAIC. 

The topic of this year's forum was: "Rivalries and Conflicts in the South China Sea: How Can the U.S. Promote Greater Stability?"

Welcome Address

Dr. Joseph Urgo, President (St. Mary's College of Maryland)
Dr. Michael Cain, Director (Center for the Study of Democracy)
Ms. Bonnie Green, Executive Director (The Patuxent Partnership)


Panel I: Balancing Economic and Maritime Interests in the China Seas

Chair: Dr. Thomas Hone (Naval War College)

Dr. Miles Yu (U.S. Naval Academy)

Mr. Brad Daniels and Ms. Heidi Holz (CNA) - Chinese Views on Freedom of Access to the Global Commons

Dr. Christopher Yuang (Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense Univeristy) - Claimant Tactics in the Sout China Sea Dispute

Dr. Thanh-Dam Truong (International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University) - A Constructivist Approach to Maritime Cooperation and Governance in the South China Sea


Panel II: U.S. Defense Policies in South Asia

Chair: Captain Robert Wells, USN (retired) (Bob Wells Associates, LLC)

Colonel James Schnell, USAF (retired) (Army Culture and Foreign Language Directorate, TRADOC G-3/5/7 Ft. Eustis, Virginia) - The Role of the U.S. in Promoting Free Press Reporting of the China Sea Controversies

RADM Terence McKnight, USN (retired) (Cobham Systems, LLC) - Piracy in the South China Seas


Panel III: Asian Perspectives on China Sea Tensions

Chair: Mr. Jimmy Thai (SAIC)

Dr. Jianwei Wang and Ms. Langang Huang (Department of Government and Politics, University of Macau) - China's South China Sea Strategy: A New Offense or Merely a Reaction?

Dr. Chungly Lee (Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University, Taiwan) - Taiwan's Perspectives on Tensions in the China Seas

Dr. Ho-Fung Hung (Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University) - The Hong Kong and Taiwan Questions in US-China Relations


Keynote Speaker

Ambassador Clifford A. Hart Jr., Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks U.S. Department of State




"The Future of Conflict: The Ethics of Robotic Defense and Unmanned Warfare"


"Roles of the U.S. Military in Fragile and Failed States"


"The Privatization of National Defense"