Baltic Sea Strategy Forum

The Baltic Sea Strategy Forum offers opportunities for academics, policy-makers, and military representatives to engage in dialogue on the multi-faceted maritime security challenges of a region marked by significant challenges to the rules-based order. The series of workshops and symposia aims to shed light on the role of the maritime domain in its current political and military development, broader geopolitical implications, recognizing the risks to the interests of states large and small, and the international political system as a whole. The programme offers ample networking opportunities as well as room for participants’ interaction with the speakers.

The inaugural Baltic Sea Strategy Forum was held in Vaasa, Finland, on 30 November 2017. It was followed by the BSSF18 in Copenhagen on 27 September 2018 and BSSF19 in Kiel on 30 October 2019. Due to the Covid-pandemic, the BSSF20 had to be cancelled and in 2021, we hosted a virtual workshop in December. The next Baltic Sea Strategy Forum will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 11 May 2023. Find out more about this year's conference here.


The Baltic Sea Strategy Forum series connects to "Kiel Conference 2015: Baltic Sea Focus," an international maritime security conference that ISPK organized together with the Kiel-based Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW). To learn more about that event, click here.