“Allied Maritime Strategy – A Theory for Success?”
The Kiel International Seapower Symposium 2018 addresses questions pertaining to NATO’s Allied Maritime Strategy. The current document, published in 2011, is in need of a revision in light of recent geopolitical developments. “AMS 2.0” will have to align with NATO’s emerging Strategic Concept as well as consider the key maritime interests that tie allied and partner nations together. #KISS18 is part of a series of symposia providing assessments of allied maritime strategy and an impetus for new documents. Whereas this year’s conference will address strategic ‘ends’, #KISS19 will focus on ‘means’ while #KISS20 shall cover ‘ways’ regarding NATO’s maritime strategy. From strategic and operational assessments of the recent past, to current threats and challenges, as well as joint and combined real-world responses, the Kiel International Seapower Symposia intend to firmly anchor the new AMS within the transatlantic maritime strategic framework. Three panels, punctuated by high-level interventions, as well as a final keynote conversation will shed light on enduring, emerging, and recurring principles a new AMS must address.
Panel 1: Making the Case for a New Allied Maritime Strategy
Panel 1 addresses the needs for a new Allied Maritime Strategy in light of growing threats and challenges within a changing security environment.
The first panel is chaired by Dr. Sebastian Bruns, Center for Maritime Strategy & Security, Institute for Security Policy Kiel.
Panel 2: Common Goals and National Caveats
Panel 2 discusses strategic goals of NATO and its partners, what contribution the AMS 2.0 can make in achieving these aims, as well as the caveats that need to be addressed.
The second Panel is chaired by Dr. Eric Thompson, Center for Strategic Studies at the Center for Naval Analyses, Arlington, VA.
Panel 3: Warfighting First – and Then What?
Panel 3 questions the established understanding of (military/maritime/naval) strategy, the correlation between ends, ways, and means, as well as the amount of appreciation for “secondary” naval roles.
The third panel is chaired by Jeremy Stöhs, Center for Maritime Strategy & Security, Institute for Security Policy Kiel.