Thursday 8 November, 1115 – 1245

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European navies (as well as the defence industrial and intellectual complexes) are increasingly tasked with diverse challenges ranging from counter-piracy and humanitarian assistance on the low end, to anti-submarine warfare and power projection on the high end. Navies (and coast guards, to a lesser degree) must be both a tool for foreign policy and the ‘Swiss Army knife’ facing a multitude of missions. At the same time, the seas are ever gaining in importance for economic reasons, from cargo ships passing through choke points to undersea cables, from ports to seabed resources. This panel will take a geographical look at maritime focus areas, from the Baltic Sea to the High North to the Mediterranean and beyond Europe’s neighbouring seas, to answer questions about the future of cooperation with the US in NATO and the significance of the rise of new naval powers such as China.

 

 

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