Maritime security plays an important role in protecting NATO member states’ economic and security interests. NATO has long enjoyed an overwhelming sea power superiority. However, other countries are now trying to catch up. Russia, China and Japan, among others, are heavily investing in their navies. Besides state actors, we also see non-state actors becoming active (again) in the maritime domain. Will the current level of NATO’s maritime capabilities be sufficient to address present and future challenges? Or is there a need for investment, or perhaps even a revision of the Alliance Maritime Strategy? This document dates back to 2011, and since then, there have been major shifts in the global geopolitical landscape. What have been the consequences for NATO’s maritime security?

NATO’s Maritime Security Strategy in the Red Sea Region
Mr. Neil Thompson looks at range of challenges that have arisen or are flaring up in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, arguing that – considering the region’s shipping routes’ vital importance for the global economy – there is still a need for NATO to coordinate the West’s naval activities in the area.
President Trump’s Great White Fleet
Mr. Philip Chr. Ulrich discusses President Trump’s plans to expand the U.S. Navy to a fleet of 350 vessels, as a symbol of renewed American greatness. Is this expansion necessary? And how does it relate to NATO’s maritime security strategy?

AV Vol.7, No. 08 (August 2017) – 12 pages