Mark E. Rosen, J.D., LL.M.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel


Mark Rosen is an expert in maritime law and policy, maritime arms control, the Arctic and regulation of the global commons, international law and treaties, the law of armed conflict and homeland security.

Rosen's recent work includes analyses of conflicting maritime claims in the South China Sea, East China Sea, Bay of Bengal, the Arctic and the Gulf of Guinea. He is also conducting research on governance gaps that create vulnerabilities in space, cyberspace and the Arctic; effective insurgency suppression models that could be used in connection with operations in Afghanistan; an examination of U.S. options to reduce carbon emissions and dependence on foreign oil in anticipation of new international climate mandates; and the Navy's role in maritime law enforcement.

Rosen is a retired Navy captain who served with the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps as an international law attorney and military planner. He holds an LL.M. in International and Oceans Law from the University Of Virginia and both a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Georgia.


October 24, 2018

Based on data from CNA report Unconstrained Foreign Direct Investment: An Emerging Challenge to Arctic Security, “Chinese foreign direct investment now accounts for an eye-popping 11.6 percent of Greenland’s economy, as well as nearly 6 percent of Iceland’s GDP.”

War on the Rocks: “Gray Zones in a Blue Arctic: Grappling With China’s Growing Influence”

August 22, 2018

Mark Rosen says, “Almost to a person, there seems to be unanimity among all the people at the conference — very senior officers and so forth — that we are really behind in terms of as a nation in recognizing the enormous resource potential of the Arctic as well as some of the challenges that are occurring today in other parts of the Arctic because the legal structure in many respects is not sufficiently robust.”

Alaska Journal of Commerce: “Gaps in Arctic Strategy Leave Room for Trouble”

July 2, 2018

According to the CNA report Unconstrained Foreign Direct Investment: An Emerging Challenge to Arctic Security, “from 2012-2017, China invested $47.3 billion in Canada, which amounted to 2.4 per cent of Canada’s entire GDP during that timeframe.”

Diplomat & International Canada: “China’s Ambitions in the North American Arctic”

July 1, 2018

Mark Rosen writes, “Diego Garcia has been a refuge for mariners for centuries because of the availability of freshwater and ample fish and has been a valued military installation since World War II.”

The National Interest: “How Diego Garcia Can Play a Pivotal Role in America's Relationship with India”

May 15, 2018

On May 15, CNA and the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) will host the fourth annual CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR). Read more.

April 20, 2018

Mark Rosen writes, "Recent work by CNA and CSIS makes clear that China is both making substantial investments in the Arctic region and is constructing more icebreakers."

IPP Review: "China's New Arctic Policy Needs Close Analysis"