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 27, 2020

According to CNA report, The U.S.-India Defense Relationship: Putting the Foundational Agreements in Perspective, "The chief concern that critics [in India] express is that the agreements [with the U.S.] imperil India's long-held foreign policy of strategic autonomy (for example, by paving the way for U.S. bases or ports in Indian territories, or unduly binding India to U.S. systems and procedures)."

Nikkei Asia: "US and India Seek Strategic Partnership Regardless of Trump, Biden"

October 27, 2020

According to CNA report, The U.S.-India Defense Relationship: Putting the Foundational Agreements in Perspective, major agreements between the U.S. and India regarding logistical support and secure communications for their militaries "form the legal backbone of defense cooperation between the United States and dozens of countries."

Washington Post: "With Eye on China, India and U.S. Sign Accord to Deepen Military Ties"

August 16, 2020

Mark Rosen writes, "Washington would do well to elevate the importance of this issue in its policy planning and to work with the UK to chart a path to take advantage of Mauritius' goodwill gesture."

The National Interest: "Diego Garcia Is America's Next Overseas Challenge"

August 2, 2020

Mark Rosen says, "You can't run out the clock on this. Some sort of action needs to be taken now."

Washington Times: "Base Politics: U.S. Struggles to Preserve Access to Diego Garcia"

July 24, 2020

"As far as the Pelindaba Treaty is concerned, Mr. Rosen offered a certain interpretation which would allow Mauritius to remain within the parameters of the Treaty without disrupting the strike and deterrence capabilities."

Le Mauricien: "Disentangling the Chagossian Gordian Knot"

June 24, 2020

Mark Rosen says that, “Diego Garcia was ‘already developed’ and ‘very precious from a logistics standpoint’ and that its isolation from civilian populations gave it ‘more operational freedom.’” 

Seapower Magazine: “Navy Base in Diego Garcia Welcome to Stay After Transfer of Sovereignty, Official Says”