The Philippine Navy’s Office of Naval Strategic Studies (ONSS) conducted this year’s Experts’ Dialogue with the theme “Key Security Flashpoints and Regional Risks in the Asia-Pacific” on Wednesday, February 9.
The virtual dialogue was attended by eight emerging experts from the Asia-Pacific region to explore, examine, and share perspectives on the current trends and developments happening in the region’s four key security flashpoints, namely the Korean Peninsula, the East China Sea, the West Philippine Sea, and the Taiwan Strait.
Apart from providing local and international experts an avenue to discuss possible tipping points in these four key areas that may pose regional risks, usher in pivotal regional changes, and influence the security trajectory of the Asia-Pacific; the dialogue also focused on identifying possible recommendations that countries and other non-state actors could undertake to evade regional risks that may threaten the region’s long-peace.
For this year’s Experts’ Dialogue, the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Adm. Caesar Bernard Valencia, opened the virtual event by delivering the opening remarks. Meanwhile, Professor John Blaxland from the Australian National University delivered the keynote speech which set the agenda for discussion. This was followed by the roundtable discussion among the emerging experts which was moderated by Professor Francis Domingo of the De La Salle University. The event’s closing remarks were delivered by the PN Vice Commander, Major Gen. Nestor Herico.