CIRSS Attends the 7th ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting on Maritime Security
The Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS) of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), represented by Mr. Louie Dane C. Merced, participated in the 7th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Inter-sessional Meeting on Maritime Security (ISM-MS) held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on 31 March – 2 April 2015 .
The ISM-MS, which was co-chaired by the Philippines, United States, and Japan, focused on the critical and emerging issues in maritime security, safety of navigation, and marine environment protection. It discussed best practices and lessons learned in the region by providing updates on the projects and activities being undertaken by ARF members. The ISM also discussed the draft ARF Work Plan on Maritime Security to be tabled at the ARF Senior Officials Meeting and to be submitted for adoption in the ARF Ministerial Meeting later in the year.
Present in the meeting were some 90 participants from 18 ARF members. The adelegations consisted of officials from the foreign affairs and defense ministries, navies, coast guards, and fisheries bureaus, among others.