F701 Summer 2018 Maritime Challenges from the Suez Canal to the Strait of Hormuz
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, July 18–July 25
Instructor: Vice Admiral John W. Miller (Ret.)
Coordinator: Sally Burdick
Ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen; continued unrest and instability on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and in Lebanon and Jordan; and human rights concerns from Egypt to Iran are all
well-known issues to anyone with even a cursory understanding of the Middle East. Also well known is the important role the export of petroleum products plays in the economies of the Middle East and in the global economy. Less well understood is the importance of the maritime environment to the region. Three of the six major global maritime chokepoints are in the region; China and Japan import most of the oil they use to fuel their economies from the region; and the countries in the region—especially in the Persian Gulf—rely on the sea to import food and to desalinate water for their ever-growing populations. This seminar will address the increasing importance of a stable maritime environment for the Middle East, who should shoulder the responsibility for maintaining that stability, and what forces threaten it.
Vice Admiral John W. Miller, USN (Ret.) is a consultant, policy advisor, and speaker based in Washington, DC. In 2015, Miller retired from the US Navy after serving as the Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander, Combined Maritime Forces, and Commander, US Fifth Fleet, based in Manama, Bahrain.