Atlantic Voices | Maritime Security

Atlantic Voices, Volume 5, Issue 8 – August 2015

The maritime domain is one of high importance due to the presence of primary resources and the amount of global trade that transits through the oceans. The latter are thus geopolitical theaters where powers, closely located or not, quarrel.

Although often indirect, those fights involve military arsenal to deter rivals from approaching a guarded area to protect one’s resources or influence. Surrounded by two oceans and several seas, NATO members states’ geopolitical location necessarily creates the need for the Alliance to be engaged on the maritime front. With the past, current and upcoming naval exercises, such as Trident Juncture planned to start in September, the Alliance certainly asserts its will to ensure the security of its members and partners to address issues ranging from piracy, illegal border transgression and migrations, to direct confrontation.

Approximately 79% of the surface of our planet is covered by water. With the melting of the icecap and global warming, this number is deemed to increase. The result will be the shrinking of coastlines, the disappearance of islands, major migrations, but it will also create new routes, opportunities, and rivalries.


  • The Changing Global Maritime Domain And What It Means For NATO

Mr. Magnus Nordenman focuses on the competition in the maritime sector with China and Russia being the biggest competitors to NATO and the EU.

  • The Arctic – Rising Tensions In A Rising Sea?

Mr. Lennart Aldick focuses on the Arctic, a region where geopolitical games and interests are at play between the different regional powers. Counter Piracy Today: How Essential A Mission For Both

  • NATO And The EU?

Dr. Brendan Flynn explores the topic of piracy and how NATO and the EU should cooperate to effectively put an end to this practice.



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