Kiel Conference 2015

Successful start of the inaugural Kiel Conference

More than 80 international guests joined the symposium, including participants from the United States, Turkey, Italy, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

The inaugural Kiel Conference symposium dealt with a geographic area within the participants’ very sight: the Baltic Sea. The events in Ukraine that started in early 2014 served as a reminder that Europe’s peace may be more fragile than was assumed previously. Unfortunately, the Baltic Sea region is deeply affected by these developments, emphasizing the need for a thorough debate on maritime security.




Three Panel Sessions

Three panels were held, two ofthem connected to the increased tensions in Eastern Europe and the role of the Baltic Sea region. The first panel dealt with naval forces’ role within the context of rising tensions in the area. These tensions have caused increasing anxiety in Baltic and Scandinavian neighbor states. The second discussion focused on sea mines, their utility in hybrid war scenarios, and resulting consequences for international shipping. The third panel dealt with the issue of naval disruptive technologies and their potential.


Invited Speakers

Peter Roberts      

Moreover, the first symposium hosted experts of global rank such as Peter Roberts, Senior Fellow for Sea Power and Maritime Security at the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI), the renowned naval historian Dr. Tim Benbow, and Swedish scholar Stefan Lundqvist, a specialist on Swedish-Finnish naval security cooperation working at Forsvarshögskolan in Stockholm.


Left: Peter Roberts


Further Information

The proceedings and documentation of Kiel Conference 2015 as well as documents of subsequent conferences are provided at Proceedings.

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