The Return of Great-Power Competition to the Northern Flank
Challenges, Initiatives, Responsibilities
The Baltic Sea Strategy Forum is an annual symposium convened on a rotating basis by the institutional members of the steering committee – Åbo Akademi University, the Swedish Defence University, the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University and the Centre for Military Studies at the University of Copenhagen – or by their partners. The symposium has a focus on strategy in the maritime domain ‘on the Baltic Sea and from the Baltic sea’ and brings together scholars and practitioners from nations around – or with an interest in – the Baltic Sea area, and aims to provide a useful platform for free, frank and innovative strategic debate.
The Baltic Sea Strategy Forum 2019 addresses questions pertaining to NATO’s Northern flank and particularly its Baltic Sea operations in an era of Great Power competition and the different initiatives and challenges in the region. It links up with previous Baltic Sea Strategy Fora held in Finland (2017) and Denmark (2018), as well as with the Kiel International Seapower Symposia on the ends, means, and ways of maritime strategy.
This year, three panels will discuss current conditions of Great Power Competition and how that situation is seen by NATO and US, German national and NATO Alliance partner nations. They will examine the capabilities, doctrines and strategies of relevant stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region and also adress the dynamic strategic environment as well as the importance of communications at the strategic and operational level of conflict among NATO and its partner nations. The final Wrap-up session will address the key findings of the day. What is the path forward? What should allied military, academia, and policy-makers focus on re: the Baltic?