KENNEBUNK – Dr. Andrew S. Erickson, professor of strategy at the U.S. Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, will be the featured speaker at the March 18 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Maine Chapter.
Dr. Erickson’s talk, “China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations,” will offer cutting-edge research on the geopolitical strategy and military tactics employed by China in the South China Sea, where Beijing has deployed the world’s largest blue water coast guard and maritime militia.
The AFIO meeting, open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. in the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.
A world-renowned expert on Chinese military and naval affairs, Dr. Erickson is also a research associate at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He has
lectured extensively at government, academic, and private sector institutions throughout the United States and Asia, and provided expert testimony and support to Congress and various executive branch offices.
Professor Erickson has authored or edited numerous books and academic studies regarding Asia-Pacific defense issues, and been interviewed or published by news media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the BBC, The Economist, New York Times, C-SPAN, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Bloomberg News and others.