22 Jan

Discussion Meeting Monday 22 January 2018, 06:00 - 07:00 PM GMT

Statesmen and sea power: challenges for 21st century maritime strategy

 HMS Duncan sails on deployment from Portsmouth

The maritime domain is becoming more complex, competitive, and congested. Emerging and re-emerging naval powers such as China and Russia pose increasing challenges to the established maritime order and traditional maritime nations, like the United States and the main naval powers of Europe. Enduring and evolving non-state threats, and the development and proliferation of potentially game-changing technologies, add further complications. Creating the right strategy, plans, concepts and capabilities in response is a challenge for political as well as naval leaderships.

Dr Chris Parry considers these challenges, but also the opportunities for maritime strategy, in the context of the renewed focus on the strategic significance of maritime power.

Dr Chris Parry served as a seaman officer in the Royal Navy from 1972 to 2008, rising to the rank of rear admiral. His senior appointments included MoD Director of Operational Capability, Commander Amphibious Task Group, and Director-General of MoD Development, Doctrine, and Concepts. Since 2008, he has been a prominent commentator on and analyst of strategic and maritime affairs. He is the author of the influential study Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century and Down South, a diary of his operational experience in the 1982 Falklands War and the significant lessons of that campaign. He has a PhD from the University of Reading and is a Visiting Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge.

This event will be chaired by Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS and will take place in the Trafalgar Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG*.

Please join us for tea and coffee from 5.30PM.

RSVP: Anais Auvray - [email protected].

*All first time visitors to Arundel House are required to provide photographic ID (Passport, European ID card or Driver's Licence) and have their photograph taken upon arrival. This will be stored on our security system to streamline access on future visits. If you would prefer that your details are not stored, please inform reception as you exit the building. Photographic ID will be required again on your next visit to IISS.


Nick Childs

Nick Childs is responsible for the Institute's analysis of naval forces and maritime security, and for the data on sea power capabilities published in the flagship annual The Military Balance. It is also his job to formulate and deliver research projects in these areas, and contribute to other Institute publications and activities, including conferences and consultancy.

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Event details

Monday 22 January, 6-7pm GMT
Arundel House, London
Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE PhD, Visiting Fellow, Churchill College
Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS