China’s PLAN: Maritime dominion beyond the South China Sea

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20 May at 18:00 19:00 BST

The Council on Geostrategy is delighted to invite you to our next public panel event, ‘China’s PLAN: Maritime dominion beyond the South China Sea’ on the 20th May, 6:00pm-7:15pm, in the Palace of Westminster. This event celebrates the launch of a Policy Paper written by Dr Emma Salisbury which investigates the global naval ambitions of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The panel will be chaired by The Rt. Hon. Baroness Neville Jones DCMG of the Council on Geostrategy’s Advisory Council, and will include Alicia Kearns MP, Chair, Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Prof. Rory Medcalf, Head, National Security College, Australian National University, and Dr Emma Salisbury, Associate Fellow, Council on Geostrategy.


Alicia Kearns MP

  • Chair, Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons
    Alicia Kearns has been a Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton since 2019 and the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee since October 2022. Prior to being elected as an MP, Alicia worked in counter-terrorism at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and then as an independent consultant across the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.

Prof. Rory Medcalf

  • Head, National Security College, Australian National University
    Prof. Rory Medcalf if the Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University. Previously, he was the founding Director of the International Security Programme at the Lowy Institute from 2007 to 2015. In government, he worked as a senior strategic analyst with the then Office of National Assessments, and has experience as an Australian diplomat including a posting to New Delhi and a secondment to Japan. He has contributed to landmark reports on nuclear arms control, and was an independent adviser to the Australian Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper. Rory is also a member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Dr Emma Salisbury

  • Associate Fellow, Council on Geostrategy
    Dr Emma Salisbury is Robert Whitehead Associate Fellow in Military Innovation at the Council on Geostrategy. She holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, and is a senior staffer to a Member of Parliament, as well as an Assistant Editor at War on the Rocks.


The Rt. Hon. Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG

  • Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Polar Regions
    The Rt. Hon. Baroness Neville Jones DCMG is a member of the House of Lords. She has a long career in national security and is presently a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy in the Houses of Parliament. She was Prime Minister David Cameron’s National Security Adviser in Opposition becoming Minister for Security and Counter-Terrorism and a member of National Security Council for two years from 2010-2011. Prior to her parliamentary career, Baroness Neville Jones worked in foreign affairs having been a member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1963 to 1991. She is also a member of the Council on Geostrategy’s Advisory Council.


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Palace of Westminster

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