The International SLOC Group

The International SLOC Group is a Track II organization of retired or serving government officials, naval officers and academics, all acting in a personal and private capacity, that research, analyze, discuss and publish on sea lines of communication (SLOC) issues. The Group was created in the early 1980s, and has made a major contribution to the understanding and importance of regional maritime cooperation on SLOC protection issues.

The objective of the Group is to promote awareness of the strategic importance of shipping and seaborne trade to economic development and growth, where the free movement of shipping and seaborne trade is a key security interest in the Indo-Pacific that is shared by most regional countries, through the running of international conference and publication of proceedings.

Sixteen international conferences have been held, with 11 books published.

Current members represent the following territories: Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, and the United States.