Within the State Department, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) has the largest foreign assistance budget, which it uses to counter international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad.  INL works in over 90 countries to strengthen police, courts, and corrections systems and to build accountable public institutions. This project will work specifically with INL’s office that focuses on combating crime in Southeast Asia.  Because transnational crime is interconnected and reaches U.S. shores in myriad ways, INL seeks to counter everything from money laundering, cybercrime, and intellectual property theft to trafficking in goods, people, weapons, drugs, or endangered wildlife.  Additionally, INL pays special consideration to complex zones where criminal activity increases the risk of instability.  For those reasons, maritime law enforcement cooperation has risen as a U.S. foreign policy priority in the past several years -- in particular, the activity of state and non-state actors in maritime South East Asia. The Capstone project will explore how to shape South China Sea policy and improve regional maritime law enforcement cooperation.  The team will produce a report, and potentially a technological solution/tool.