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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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Program

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,
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

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

With Finland’s and Sweden’s accession to NATO, defence plans must incorporate two strong allied nations that reinforce the Alliance’s  presence in the Baltic and in the North. What are the challenges and opportunities that this presents, and how can Nordic and Baltic interoperability be enhanced, to best strengthen the defence of NATO’s Northeastern flank, in light of Russia’s ongoing aggression.

 

Speakers

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
Deputy Chief of the Swedish Navy

 

Moderator

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

Pipelines, cables, platforms: recent years have seen an increase in incidents damaging or threatening vital infrastructure. Improvements are needed to levels of monitoring and protection in coordination between states and between military, civilian and commercial actors at a national level.  Enhancing Maritime Situational Awareness is vital in this regard, but the challenges are broader. Malicious attacks on our social fabric have soared, including disinformation and other forms of hybrid attack,, exploiting the liberties of our democracies. This panel seeks to exchange views on current challenges and shortcomings, best practices, and the way ahead.  

 

Speakers

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

HE Kai Sauer
Ambassador of Finland to Germany

Commodore Thomas Andersen
Head of Operations Department,
Royal Norwegian Navy

 

Moderator

Dr. Christina Krause
Head of Department International and Security Affairs,
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

13:00 – 14:00 | Lunch Break

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

The war in Ukraine has underscored the critical need for NATO member states to reassess and enhance their military capabilities in light of evolving threats. Uncrewed platforms and systems  have changed contemporary warfare and  other emerging and disruptive technologies will affect how armed forces operate and interact in future. Geography matters too, and particular attention must be paid to the Arctic region, as it requires a delicate diplomatic approach, also balancing resource exploration with environmental conservation amidst rising geopolitical tensions.

 

Speakers

Kusti Salm
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence,
Republic of Estonia

Vice Admiral Jan Christian Kaack
Chief of the German Navy

Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe
Professor of War Studies,
Loughborough University

 

Moderator
Nick Childs
Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security,
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

15:30 – 15:45 | Closing Remarks

Here you will find the program for download: Kiel Security Conference 2024

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Venue

Maritim Hotel Bellevue Kiel
Bismarckallee 2,
24105 Kiel
Germany

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Jan Senkyr

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Advisor Foreign and Security Policy

jan.senkyr@kas.de +49 30 26996-3936

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