The first conference in the Kiel Seapower Series was organized by the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) as part of the 2013 Aspen European Strategy Forum. More than 70 participants discussed central issues of maritime security from Wednesday, October 23rd, to Friday, October 25th, at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin. The topics included: “The Current Maritime Security Order – How Long Will it Exist?” or “The Future of Naval Conflict” among many others. Speakers included: CAPT (USN) ret. Peter Swartz, Center for Naval Analyses (CNA); Vijay Sakhuja, Director of the National Maritime Foundation India; Dr. Tim Benbow, Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London; Anthony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Ralf Emmers, Associate Dean and Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological Uniuversity Singapore;
VADM (GER N) ret. Lutz Feldt, Wise Pens International; Prof. em. Helga Haftendorn, Free University Berlin; Diego Ruiz Palmer, NATO International Staff; James R. Holmes, Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College Newport (Rhode Island).
The conference was supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the German Maritime Institute (DMI), the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, Gesellschaft für Sicherheitspolitik und Rüstungskontrolle, Lampe & Schwartze Marine Underwriting and Cassidian. It resulted in the Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security.