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The Trustees of the


Cordially Invite You to an Address by


Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt


Senior Fellow,

Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) Strategic Studies


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Reception: 5:15 p.m. Address: 6:00 p.m.


Members: Free of Charge

 Guest of a Member: $10.00 Non-Member: $25.00

"What is Going on in the South China Sea? United States Interests and Chinese Behavior"

The future of the United States and that of the international order itself are closely tied to the international behavior of the People’s Republic of China. The Realist accomodationist understanding of the future carved out between the two great powers in the early 1970s has since largely governed U.S.-China relations, even while modified somewhat by an American bent toward advocacy of democracy and human rights over the last twenty years or so. Now China as a clearly rising power is not only securing its economic needs around the globe, but also brazenly and assertively making and enforcing claims of control in the trade critical and strategically vital South China Sea, raising grave doubts about whether the accomodationist agreement on China’s status quo place in the world is still shared. Admiral Michael McDevitt is a foremost and long-standing authority on the strategic facts and political implications of China’s behavior in the South China Sea. We are very pleased to have him share his wisdom on this critical matter.


Admiral McDevitt is a graduate of the University of Southern California, has a Master’s Degree in U.S. Diplomatic History in East Asia from Georgetown University, and  is a graduate of the National War College. He spent a year in residence at the U.S. Naval War College as a member of the CNO Strategic Studies Group.


During his navy career, Admiral McDevitt spent his operational time in the Pacific. He held four at-sea commands, including an aircraft carrier battle-group. He served for two years as the Director for Strategy, War Plans and Policy for US CINPAC and was the Director of the East Asia Policy office for the Secretary of Defense. He concluded his 34 year active duty career as the Commandant of the National War College.


Admiral McDevitt has been with the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) for fifteen years as vice president, senior fellow, director of Strategic Studies, leader of a major study of the Indo-Pacific littoral (the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, the South China Sea, the East China and Yellow Sea, and the Sea of Japan); and leader of a dialogue with the leading maritime oriented research centers in Asia. His particular expertise is East Asia with a current focus on the maritime dimension of China’s national strategy.


It is a great pleasure and honor to welcome Admiral Michael McDevitt to the Council.

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