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The Outlaw Ocean: New York Times reporter Ian Urbina and Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan discuss ocean health, human rights, and high seas crime


The Aspen High Seas Initiative and Conservation International present a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Urbina featuring stories and insights from his five years investigating crime on the High Seas, which are chronicled in his new book, The Outlaw Ocean.  Urbina’s exceptional work of non-fiction exposes and details lawless activity—including kidnapping, violence, slavery, and murder—on board ships operating in the vast expanse of ocean beyond any one nation’s jurisdiction. His work probes the intersection of environmental conservation, human rights, international law and order, and the deepest recesses of human nature.  

Michael Conathan, Executive Director of the Aspen High Seas Initiative will introduce an hour long conversation between Urbina and Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, which will include ample opportunity for audience questions.

Note: A *limited* number of signed editions of The Outlaw Ocean will be provided on site as a gift to attendees on a first-come first-served basis, and lunch will be served at 12:00 pm. Discussion will begin at 12:30 pm. Please register HERE as soon as possible to secure entry to the event.  Registration will open to the public starting at 9:00am on Tuesday, August 27.  Deadline for registration is COB Tuesday, September 17.  

About The Outlaw Ocean:  There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world’s oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation. Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé, The Outlaw Ocean brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching. Read more at:

Event information
Fri Sep 20, 2019
12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Aspen Institute
2300 N St. NW, Suite 700 (entrance at corner of 24th and N)
Washington, DC 20037