Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator, and consultant focused on Asia. He was a Senior Fellow with the East-West Center for 26 years where he originated, developed, and managed international, interdisciplinary projects on maritime policy and international relations in Asia. Most recently he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Maritime Institute of Malaysia and a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Ocean Policy Research Foundation in Japan. Before joining the East-West Center, Dr. Valencia was a Lecturer at the Universiti Sains Malaysia and a Technical Expert with the UN Development Program Regional Project on Offshore Prospecting based in Bangkok. His recent published works include The Proliferation Security Initiative: Making Waves in Asia (2006). He has a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii.