Bush School To Host Conference On American Maritime Command

military shipsThe Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will host “Commanding the Commons in the Early 21st Century,” Nov. 29-30 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

The event will provide a retrospective 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 Benedik, 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


Registration is required and can be completed at bush.tamu.edu/commanding-the-commons/.


Media Contact: Susan Robertson, Bush School, (979)-862-8845, srobertson@tamu.edu

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