The Americas Series
You are cordially welcomed to attend this virtual conference series on transatlantic maritime security and strategy challenges! It pairs experts on naval strategy and maritime security from North, Central, and South America with European colleagues to exchange thoughts and perspectives on pressing security issues. Specifically, it will discuss selected American navies, be they naval warfighting forces, maritime security & logistics providers, or third parties.
Speakers from South, Central, and North American country discuss recent naval strategic developments from their national (regional) point of view (15’-20’), such as capstone documents, major naval operations, procurement, major threats, and challenges. Where applicable, panelists from Europe will be invited. Speakers are specifically asked to focus on implications for NATO, the EU, Europe as a whole, and European navies. Followed by moderated Q&A. Length of event 75’-90’ (max.). Open for all who are interested. The event will be recorded and is on the record.
Engage with the speakers using the hashtag #AmericasNavies.
Session 1 | 28.01.2021 - Sealift and Merchant Marine & US Coast Guard
Session 1 kicks off with two quasi-navies: Our distinguished speakers will present an overview of the U.S. Coast Guard, the 12th largest navy in the world if calculated by tonnage, and the sea-lift and merchant marine capabilities of the United States of America.
Speakers: Prof. Sal Mercogliano & Captain James Howe
Video Recording of Session 1
Session 2 | 10.02.2021 - Americas as a market & Mexican Naval Strategy
Session 2 brings together two items of interest: First, the discussion will center on the North, South, and Latin America as a naval market. Second, an often overlooked maritime force and its strategy will be covered.
Speakers: Magiel Venema & Christian Ehrlich
Video Recording of Session 2
Session 3 | 18.02.2020 - Canada & USA
Session 3 covers the two North American countries with rich naval tradition and sizeable navies. Canada and the United States are NATO navies and, as such, of utmost interest and relevance to transatlantic security.
Speakers: Timothy Choi & Prof. Peter Dombrowski
Video Recording of Session 3
Session 4 | 08.03.2021 - Seapower from a South American Perspective & Colombian Naval Strategy
Session 4 brings us further south in the Americas. Our panelists will discuss maritime security challenges in Latin America and in particular the Colombian naval strategy.
Speakers: Dr. Samuel Rivera Páez & Rafael Uribe-Neira
Video Recording of Session 4
Session 5 | 11.03.2021 - Brazilian Naval Strategy & China and IUU problems in South America
Session 5, our final session, pairs a perspective on China’s maritime influence in South America with a perspective on Brazilian naval strategy.
Speakers: Andrea Resende & Prof. Tabitha Grace Mallory
Video Recording of Session 5
In addition, the ISPK’s CMSS conducted an expert roundtable on 16 February 2021 on the subject of “American Naval Strategy, Force Structure Planning, and the Future of Transatlantic Relations”. It was based on the December 2020 future naval force structure review. Shortly before Christmas, “Advantage at Sea”, the Tri-Service Maritime Strategy by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard, was published. How many of these carefully crafted plans and policy will survive under the new presidential administration of Joe Biden? What does the future hold for the U.S. Navy, for its strategy, and its fleet architecture? What is the role of U.S. Congress? Why is all of this important to NATO allies in Europe?
Ronald O’Rourke, Congressional Research Service (CRS)
Bryan Clark & Timothy A. Walton, Hudson Institute Center for Defense Concepts and Technology
Sebastian Bruns, ISPK
Americas Series in the news & more links:
Navy Questioning How to Sustain Fleet in High-End Fight, Says Analyst
The article by John Grady reflects on the topic of the first Session of the Americas Series asking, how the US Navy can sustain its fleet in high-end warfare. Our two speakers Prof. Sal Mercogliano and Capt. James Howe are both mentioned in the article.