York University to host forum on Indo-Pacific Strategic Framework


TORONTO, November 13, 2018 – Regional conflict surrounding the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and the Indo-Pacific Strategic Framework created to address the security threats will be debated at a public forum hosted by York University, Nov.14 and 15.

On Nov. 14, senior officials from Canada and from the Spratly conflict zone will participate in the two-day event: this will feature an official keynote on “Sustainable Common Security”; and a panel discussion on the “Evolving Security Order of the Indo-Pacific”.

The workshop on Nov. 15 with officials and scholars is a pragmatic search for norms and strategies for peace to prevail.

“Indo-Pacific Strategic Framework: A Public Forum” is organized by Science for Peace, Canada, with the support of the York Centre for Asian Research and the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, and the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The annual forum series on ocean frontiers is presented in collaboration with Conference of Defence Associations Institute, based in Ottawa.

WHAT: Indo-Pacific Strategic Framework: A Public Forum


Day 1 (Nov. 14, 5pm-7pm): The Indo-Pacific: Security Governance for Peace

Keynote: A New Look at Sustainable Common Security

  • Peggy Mason, former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, and president, Rideau Institute

Presentation: United by the Ocean, Together

  • Venilla Rajaguru, chair, Ocean Frontiers Research Working Group, Science for Peace; Research Associate, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and York Centre for Asian Research, York University

Panel discussion and Q&A: The Indo-Pacific: An Evolving Security Order?

Panellists include officials from the conflict zones of the Spratly region of the South China Sea in the Western Pacific.

WHERE: Schulich Executive Conference Centre – Event room, York University Keele Campus (building number 42 on the map)

Day 2 (Nov. 15, 9am-5pm): Workshop on Indo-Pacific security governance

  • Session I: Security Issues & Cooperation
  • Session II: Peace & Diplomacy
  • Session III: Canada’s role in the Indo-Pacific

WHERE: Room #524, Kaneff Tower, York University Keele Campus (building number 95 on the map)

Note: Lead organizer Venilla Rajaguru is available for media interviews upon request.

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Media contact:
Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca