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BGF Conference on Managing Peace and Security in the Pacific

(20 April, 2015) – A conference on finding solutions to manage peace and security in the South China Sea was held successfully by Boston Global Forum, attracted participation and contribution of several delegates who are policy makers, practitioners, scholars, and researchers from Cambridge, Washington DC, Tokyo, Manila and Vietnam.


Various insights, reports and opinions were given and shared by participants. A special report on current developments in the South China Sea was presented


The conference was moderated by Governor Michael Dukakis and Professor Joseph Nye


Mr. Admiral Nirmal Verma, the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow in U.S. Naval War College – Newport RI, and former India’s High Commissioner to Canada (2012-2014), Former Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy attended the conference


Professor Thomas E. Patterson introduced the report on the South China Sea

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Mr. Michael H. Fuchs, U.S. Department of State’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy and Multilateral Affairs in Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs joined the discussion from Washington DC via video conference


The discussion also featured delegates from Tokyo: Mr. Fumio Ota, the Former Professor at Defense Academy of Japan (2005 – 2013) and Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, the President of the America-Japan Society, Inc,  Professor of Sophia University and Keio University, and former ambassador of Japan to the United States of America (2008-2012).


Mr. Thomas J. Vallely, Member of Board of Thinkers of Boston Global Forum; Senior advisor of Mainland Southeast Asia, and staff at Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School gave his comment


Ms. Lei Guo, the Assistant Professor of Division of Emerging Media Studies at Boston University College of Communication made her points