When it comes to challenges in and arising from the maritime domain, “Maritime Security & Europe” is a deliberately broad event to discuss these aspects among decision-makers.

The format rests on two pillars. First, the hosts are keen to draw attention to issues of relevance for the European continent and its close neighbors. These can range from anti-access/area denial in the Baltic and Black Sea, to search and rescue missions and their underlying drivers in the Mediterranean, to exploration and resource security in the High North periphery, to name but a few.

Second, the format covers issues of relevance in areas beyond the European peninsula. From maritime jurisdiction matters to ocean governance and the global blue economy, and from piracy and organized crime at sea to maritime terrorism, these issues merit attention for Europe.

They can potentially affect our security in the 21st century and merit raising them on the agenda. In addition, naval modernization and the developments of established and rising sea powers also loom large.

The organizers deliberately include theoretical matters (such as grand strategic methodology or naval history issues) and tie them to contemporary operational realities so that the invited guests, discussants, and panelists may benefit broadly from each other.