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Kiel Security Conference 2024

Critical Junctures – the Future of the North

in cooperation with The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and Hermann-Ehlers-Stiftung (HES)

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The Kiel Security Conference focuses on security policy issues in the Baltic region and the High North. Security dynamics in the Baltic have been profoundly affected by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, while political and military tensions – and increasing capabilities – are also sharpening focus on the High North. As a result, NATO’s posture needs to be adjusted and littoral states need to modernise their military capabilities, across all domains. This conference will focus on the political, military and security implications for Baltic littoral states and the EU and NATO.

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08:00 – 09:00 | Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 09:15 | Conference Opening and Welcome Remarks

Dr. Gerhard Wahlers
Deputy Secretary General, Department Head
European and International Cooperation Department,

Dr. Bastian Giegerich
Director-General and Chief Executive,
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

Dr. Johann Wadephul, MP
Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group,
German Bundestag

09:15 – 09:30 | High-level Keynote

Laurynas Kasčiūnas 
Minister of Defence of the Republic of Lithuania

09:30 – 11:00 | Panel I: Finland, Sweden and NATO - New Plans for the North


Vice Admiral Mike Utley CB OBE
Commander, Allied Maritime Command, Northwood, UK

Admiral Stuart Munsch
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe/Commander 
U.S. Naval Forces, Africa/Commander, 
Allied Joint Forces Command, Naples

Brigadier General Patrik Gardesten (tbc)
Deputy Chief of the Swedish Navy



James Hackett
Head of Defence and Military Analysis,
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

11:00 – 11:30 | Coffee Break and Networking

11:30 – 13:00 | Panel II: Going Critical - War, Society and Resilience


Vice Admiral Thomas E. Ishee
Commander 6th Fleet U.S. Navy &
Commander Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO

Michal Szczerba
President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Lieutenant General (ret.) Hans-Werner Wiermann (tbc)
Former Head of Critical Undersea Infrastructure Coordination Cell, NATO



Dr. Christina Krause
Head of Department International and Security Affairs


13:00 – 14:00 | Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30 | Panel III: Future War in the North and Lessons from Ukraine

Vice Admiral Jan Christian Kaack
Chief of the German Navy
Dr. Rebecca Pincus
Director of the Polar Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC
Kusti Salm
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Estonia


Nick Childs
IISS Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security

15:30 – 15:45 | Closing Remarks

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