What Lies Ahead for the South China Sea?

Dr. Robert Beckman, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore; Ignatius Lim, Senior Government Relations Advisor Asia Pacific, Shell; Dr. Graham Ong-Webb, Research Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies; Shahrin Osman, Regional Manager, Maritime Advisory, DNV GL Maritime Region S.E.A., Pacific & Indiaand Moderator Ray Corrigan, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Raytheon International

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium

Date : October 09, 2018

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $15.00

2018-10-09 11:45:00 2018-10-09 13:30:00 Asia/Singapore What Lies Ahead for the South China Sea? - - AmCham Singapore

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Lunch will be provided.

Hosted by the Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Government & Regional Affairs, Legal & IPR and Supply Chain, Transportation, & Logistics Committees


11:45 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 12:05 pm             Welcome Remarks and Introduction of panelists
12:05 pm – 12:15 pm             Remarks by Dr Robert Beckman
12:15 pm – 12:25 pm             Remarks by Dr Graham Ong-Webb
12:25 pm – 12:35 pm             Remarks by Ignatius Lim
12:35 pm – 12:45 pm             Remarks by Shahrin Osman
12:45 pm – 01:30pm              Q&A / Discussion
01:30pm                                    End of Session


China and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are making progress in efforts to reduce tensions and build a less contentious relationship as the foreign ministers of the 10 member states of the ASEAN and their Chinese counterpart announced agreement on a Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct Negotiating Text (SDNT) that will serve as the basis for the adoption of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea on August 3, a document nearly two decades in the making. In addition, they held the inaugural ASEAN-China maritime exercise August 2, which is intended to become a regular feature of their relationship.

With this recent development, are the parties on a path to a successful agreement, or will the status quo remain?
  How does this development really matter for businesses operating in the region?

Join our experts as they provide an overview of the progress by sharing with us their perspectives on what is at stake in the South China Sea and what businesses should expect as the negotiations continue down the road.

About the Panelists

Dr. Robert Beckman
Associate Professor
National University of Singapore

Prof Beckman is an international lawyer with a special interest in legal skills. For many years he taught Public International Law, International Legal Process and Introduction to Legal Method, and coached the NUS Jessup Moot team and other NUS international moot teams.

He was the founding Director of the Centre for International Law (CIL), a university-wide research institute that is closely affiliated to the Faculty of Law. He served as the Director from 2009 to July 2016. He now serves as the Head of CIL’s programme Ocean Law and Policy.

Since joining CIL he has been joint editor of several books, has published journal articles and chapters in books, and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences and workshops. He has lectured the prestigious Rhodes Academy of International Law since 2010, and is a member of its Board of Directors.

Prof Beckman served as the Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) from 2001 to 2006. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) at the 2007 National Day Awards and the Long Service Medal at the 2013 National Day Awards. He has also received two awards from NUS - the Outstanding Educator Award in 2001, and the Staff Achievement Award in 1997.

Ignatius Lim
Senior Government Relations Advisor Asia Pacific

Bio to follow

Dr. Graham Ong-Webb
Research Fellow
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

GRAHAM ONG-WEBB is Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He resides at the Executive Deputy Chairman’s Office where he conducts research for the Future Issues and Technology portfolio. He also undertakes postgraduate teaching for the International Political Economy Programme. Graham was formerly attached to the Military Studies Programme at the School’s constituent unit, the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), from 2014 to 2017.

Graham’s research areas include geopolitical developments in the Asia Pacific; strategic and security issues related to the weapons of mass destruction (WMD); the role of emerging technologies in shaping societies and their impact on security (in the context of “risk communities”); and Singapore’s counter-terrorism and security architecture.

Graham has published in the
Journal of Strategic Studies, The Journal of International Studies (Millennium), Jane’s Intelligence Review, and World Defence Systems. He has published opinion pieces with The Straits Times (Singapore), The Nation (Thailand), The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), The World Today (Chatham House, London), and the International Relations and Security Network’s Security Watch (ETH Zurich). He is also interviewed regularly on Channel NewsAsia on a range of geopolitical and security topics.

Prior to joining RSIS, he was a Senior Consultant with the Control Risks Group, a global risk consultancy headquartered in London, which assists organisations and firms manage their political and security risks in uncertain, complex, and hostile environments. He was also a Managing Editor and a Research Analyst with the CBRN Assessments desk at the Jane’s Information Group (now Jane’s by IHS Markit) where he was responsible for the publication of the fourth edition of the
Jane’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Handbook subscribed by the U.S. Department of Defense, the FBI, and the U.S. Army as a field manual for their CBRN first-response operators.

Graham has held research and teaching positions at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (Royal Defence Academy, UK), the Centre for Science and Security Studies (King’s College London), the National University of Singapore, and ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (formerly the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies).

A Commonwealth Scholar, Graham completed his PhD at the Centre for Science and Security Studies, at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London (KCL). He also earned his Associateship of King’s College qualification in theology, ethics, and philosophy, which he read concurrently with his doctoral studies at KCL, winning the First Leathes Prize in the final examinations of this three-year programme. Graham also read for this Master of Science in International Relations at the London School of Economics, with a specialisation in research methodology. He obtained his first degree at the National University of Singapore (where he was on the University Scholars Programme) graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science (with Honours) in Political Science.

Shahrin Osman
Regional Manager, Maritime Advisory
DNV GL Maritime Region S.E.A., Pacific & India

M Shahrin Osman joined DNV GL Maritime Advisory Asia-Pacific unit in 2008 after more than 15 years working in Maersk and P&O Nedlloyd with regional line management responsibility covering procurement, operations, efficiency improvements, IT implementation and change management for Asia-Pacific countries based in Singapore. His interest in Collaborative Leadership, Industry Cluster analysis, Strategy, Maritime Sustainability, Digitalisation and International Benchmarking have guided his work at DNV GL to serving internal and external clients within the maritime industry in South East Asia, Indian Sub-continent, Middle East and Europe.

Shahrin has been a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences focusing on the topic of Maritime Cluster, Digitalisation and Sustainability in the maritime sector. He is the co-author for the third edition of the influential "Leading Maritime Capitals of the World" 2017 report which benchmarks the world's top maritime hub cities using nearly 50 objective and subjective indicators, working together with Menon Economics of Oslo. This year, he co-author the research on “Leading Maritime Nations of the World 2018”.

He has a Bachelor in Management from University of London, MSc in Maritime Studies from NTU Singapore and currently completing his Doctorate degree with research on maritime cluster strategy, innovation and location decision for knowledge-based maritime activities.

About the Moderator

Ray Corrigan
Regional Director, Southeast Asia
Raytheon International

Raymond B. Corrigan is the Raytheon Regional Director for Southeast Asia. He is responsible for leadership and management oversight of all strategic planning and implementation of Raytheon product and service introduction in both countries.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Raymond served twenty years with the U.S. Navy, and then served as Managing Director of Corrigan Consulting Group Pte Ltd, based out of Singapore. Raymond, while in the US Navy, served at every level in operational, staff, and joint command. His career included tours in an FA-18 squadron, air wing, fleet and component headquarters, and a unified command. He has extensive experience in the international arena – in Europe, the Middle-East, the Balkans, and in Southeast Asia.

Raymond completed his Navy career as a Military Attaché in the Defense Attaché Office, Singapore. Raymond holds both a Bachelors Degree in Business and MBA from the University of Idaho. He also holds a Masters of Military Science from Marine Corps University and is a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps Command & Staff College.

Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.