Mark Rosen

Mark E. Rosen

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An international and national security lawyer by training, Mark Rosen is a SVP and General Counsel at CNA Corporation.  Mr. Rosen provides corporate law support to CNA on a variety of ethics, government contracts, intellectual property, and regulatory matters, including export compliance.   Mr. Rosen also provides support to the research staff on international and national security law matters and has authored numerous international and operational law studies for various clients including the U.S. Navy, the National Reconnaissance Organization, the State Department and the National Academy of Sciences.  Those studies spanned a variety of national security and homeland security topics including:  cyber warfare, biodefense/ bioterrorism, port security and force protection, homeland security operations, crisis management, law of war and rules of engagement, alternative manning and outsourcing plans for the naval combatants, information warfare and Navy offensive space operations. 

Mr. Rosen’s particular expertise is in the maritime field including boundary and maritime disputes, piracy, law enforcement, and maritime confidence building measures.  Most recently, Mr. Rosen has authored numerous analyses of the East and South China Seas, governance, foreign direct investment, and conflicting claims in the Arctic (Hoover Institute), and regulation of the Turkish Straits.  Mr. Rosen also holds an adjunct faculty appointment with the George Washington University School of Law and is a member of Stanford University’s (Hoover Institute) Arctic Security Initiative. Prior to his employment at CNA, Mr. Rosen served as the Associate General Counsel for Science and Technology (SES) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and was the Department’s Regulatory Compliance Officer for all DHS sponsored research.  Mr. Rosen is also a retired Navy Captain (JAGC).  Prior to his retirement in 1999, Mr. Rosen served as the Ocean Policy Analyst and Legal Advisor to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations.  Other Pentagon assignments included: Political Military Planner, Maritime and Environmental Policy, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), Joint Staff  and Head of the International Programs Branch, Navy International law Division, Washington, DC.  Mr. Rosen served on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Journal of International Law and is a member of the Georgia and Virginia Bars and various federal courts.  He is the author of numerous law review and other media publications.  He was a Contributing Editor of the Homeland Security news service:  Intellibridge and a columnist for Seapower magazine.      

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Unconstrained Foreign Direct Investment: An Emerging Challenge to Arctic Security

by Mark E. Rosen, Cara B. Thuringervia CNA
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Arctic Ocean is a vast maritime region which is bordered by six states that are now coming to appreciate their enormous hydrocarbon, mineral, and other natural resource potentials. Other states outside of the Arctic have also taken note of the Arctic’s vast and unexploited deposits, especially China. The Arctic is essentially a closed-sea and all human activity, even environmental accidents on land, can have serious environmental impacts on the other littoral countries because of ocean currents and climactic conditions.

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China Is Seizing The Geopolitical Opportunities Of The Melting Arctic

by Mark E. Rosen, Commander David Slaytonvia The Hill
Monday, October 30, 2017

As the Arctic melts it is transforming from an icy waste ruled by polar bears to perhaps the most valuable global venue for natural resources including oil, natural gas and a variety of minerals.

Analysis and Commentary

The Arctic Is The First Stop In The United States Reset With Russia

by Mark E. Rosenvia National Interest
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Throughout the primaries President elect Donald Trump asserted that he wanted to have a more constructive relationship with Russia. Trump correctly asserted that President Vladimir Putin was not someone that the United States could pretend didn’t exist because he both loves his country and is enormously popular with his own people.

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The Arctic Is The First Stop In The United States Reset With Russia

by Mark E. Rosenvia National Interest
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mark Rosen, member of the Hoover Institution Arctic Security Initiative, notes that throughout the primaries President elect Donald Trump asserted that he wanted to have a more constructive relationship with Russia. Trump correctly asserted that President Vladimir Putin was not someone that the United States could pretend didn’t exist because he both loves his country and is enormously popular with his own people.

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Another Region Where the Russian Military Threatens to Dominate the U.S.

by Commander David Slayton, Mark E. Rosenvia CNN
Friday, March 14, 2014

David Slayton, Mark E. Rosen: With Russia on the move, U.S. Arctic policy needs to look more at security issues.

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Addressing the Gaps in Arctic Governance

by Mark E. Rosen, Patricio Asfura-Heimvia Analysis
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, thus opening the Arctic to increased human activity as never before. As that ocean becomes free of ice for longer periods of time, market pressures may attempt to exploit its vast resources, including hydrocarbons both onshore and offshore, minerals, fisheries, and access for tourists and navigational convenience. The rapid melting of the Arctic is creating new and unique challenges that can cause significant damage if unaddressed...