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Feb 22 • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Singapore: Recalibrating the Global Approach to Supply System Security and Resilience

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Lecture Abstract:

In the aftermath of 11 September 2001, the U.S. Government undertook a number of unilateral, bilateral, and multilateral efforts with the aim of advancing cargo and martitime transportation security.  These actions were largely undertaken with little meaningful input from the global private sector stakeholders who own and operate much of the global transportation infrastructure system.  With a new U.S. presidential administration entering office, Dr. Stephen Flynn has been leading a comprehensive assessment of the current state of global supply system security.  The project will provide an alternative strategic framework and policy recommendations to the Trump Administration informed by outreach to global maritime transportation industry stakeholders.  The goal is to outline a comprehensive global approach for bolstering the resilience and security of the intermodal transportation network that is so indispensable to global commerce.

Dr. Flynn’s project is sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A major project objective is to identify a fair and cost-effective way to address the outlays associated with providing enhanced cargo and martitime transportation security.

In this Chatham-rule luncheon conversation, Stephen Flynn will share the preliminary findings and recommendations of this project with the aim of soliciting critical feedback from the participants.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Stephen E. Flynn is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University in Boston. Previously, he served as President of the Center for National Policy in Washington, DC and spent a decade as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.  In 2008 he served as the lead homeland security policy adviser for the Presidential Transition Team for Barack Obama. He is a frequent media commentator and contributor to Foreign Affairs, and the author of two widely-cited books, The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation and America the Vulnerable.  He served as a commissioned officer for 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard to include two commands at sea.