Baltic Sea Strategy Forum 2017

När: 2017-11-30 10:00 till 16:30

Var: Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa

What are the critical maritime security challenges of the confined Baltic Sea region today and to what extent are they inter-regional? What counter-strategies do key stakeholders employ and what are their security policy implications? What are the risks and prospects for tomorrow?

These questions will be addressed by the panellists of the inaugural symposium of the annual Baltic Sea Strategy Forum series in Vaasa, Finland, co-arranged by Åbo Akademi University (ÅA), Swedish Defence University (SEDU), Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) and Centre for Military Studies (CMS) at the University of Copenhagen.

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The symposium in Vaasa is preceded by the public PhD viva voce of Lt Cdr Stefan Lundqvist, orally defending his thesis titled "Continuity and Change in post-Cold War Maritime Security: A Study of the Strategies Pursued by the US, Sweden and Finland 1991–2016" in the presence of Professor Dr. Joachim Krause, Director of the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University. Professor Mikko Hupa, Chancellor of ÅA, will welcome the participants and Flotilla Admiral Ewa Skoog Haslum, Vice Chancellor of SEDU will introduce the inaugural symposium of the Baltic Sea Strategy Forum series. In its sole panel, Dr. Sebastian Bruns, Head of Center for Maritime Strategy and Security at ISPK, Dr. Gary John Schaub Jr, Centre for Military Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist, Chief of Staff of the Royal Swedish Navy, will present their forward-looking views on the security of the Baltic Sea. The concluding panel is moderated by Lt Col Anders Enström, Head of the Maritime Operations Section at SEDU. It is held under Chatham House rule.


8.45–9.45 Registration and Welcome coffee

10.00–12.00  Preceeding event: Public PhD viva Voce

Chair: Dr. Steve Lindberg, Åbo Akademi university. Candidate: Lt Cdr Stefan Lundqvist, Swedish Defence University. Opponent: Professor Dr. Joachim Krause, Institute for Security Policy, Kiel University

12.00–12.30 Refreshments. Examination Board Deliberations and announcement of PhD grading

12.00–12.30 Additional Registration Opportunity

12.30–13.30 Networking Lunch

Baltic Sea Strategy Forum 2017

13.30–13.40 Welcome Address. Professor Mikko Hupa, President, Åbo Akademi University

13.40–13.50 Introduction. Commodore Ewa Skoog-Haslum, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Swedish Defence University. Dr. Sebastian Bruns, Institute for security policy, Kiel University

13.50–15.30 Panel. Chair: Lt Col Anders Enström, Swedish Defence University.


  • Dr Sebastian Bruns, Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University: The Baltic Sea and German Maritime Strategy
  • Dr Gary John Schaub Jr, Centre for Military Studies at the University of Copenhagen: Hybrid Maritime Warfare: Building Baltic Resistance
  • RADM Jens Nykvist, Chief of Staff, Royal Swedish Navy: The Baltic Sea: Strengthening Maritime Security through Cooperation

N.B. the concluding discussion of this panel is held under Chatham House Rules.

15.30–16.30 Vin d'honneur, Coffee and Networking

16.00–16.30 Press Conference (symposium panellists and organisers)

19.00–22.00 Symposium/Doctoral Dinner (registered participants)