Patrick O´Keeffe

Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy and Security

Resume and publications

Research focus

  • Maritime security in Asia-Pacific
  • Development of Chinese armed forces and space capabilities
  • Cross-Domain Security & Policy (Aerospace, Maritime, Cyber)


Patrick O'Keeffe is an officer in the German Navy and currently serves as NATO Legal Advisor at the Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW) in Kiel, as Managing Director of AMC Solutions in Hamburg, and since 2018 Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) in the Department of Strategic Development in Asia-Pacific.

Patrick O'Keeffe is currently a NATO Legal Advisor at the Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW) in Kiel, Germany.

At the beginning of his military career, Patrick O'Keeffe studied aerospace engineering at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich and specialized in unmanned systems as well as astrodynamics - the calculation of trajectories in space.

After several years as a pilot in the flying service of the Bundeswehr, he took up the study of law, moved to NATO and devoted himself to the analysis of the legal framework and impact of modern technologies on the strategic transformation of NATO in maritime as well as cyber and space.


  • „Military-Strategic Aspects of the South China Sea Issue" (mit Dr. Sarah Kirchberger), in: Seemann, Benedikt & Bersick, Sebastian (Hrsg.): Traversing the Challenges: Political, Economic, and Environmental Dimensions of Maritime and Regional Security, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Philippines, Manila 2017, S. 27-40.

Cover Jahrbuch Terrorismus

Jahrbuch Terrorismus

Das Jahrbuch enthält eine umfangreiche Datensammlung sowie Analysen zu terroristischen Brennpunkten.

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Cover The Decline of European Naval Forcest

Conceptualizing Naval and Maritime Strategy

This book brings together experts from the United States, Europe, and Asia to reflect on how maritime and naval strategy is conceptualised and how it has been used.

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Cover Assessing Chinas...

Assessing China's Naval Power

Technological Innovation, Economic Constraints, and Strategic Implications.

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Cover Stabilisierungseinsaetze

Stabilisierungseinsätze als gesamtstaatliche Aufgabe

Erfahrungen und Lehren aus dem deutschen Afghanistaneinsatz zwischen Staatsaufbau und Aufstandsbewältigung (COIN).

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