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*POSTPONED* Maritime Power, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Security in a Global Context: Past, Present and Future

Strand Campus, London

8 Jun

In view of the massive disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis to national and international travel, the ability to guarantee suitable facilities and the overall high degree of uncertain surrounding so many of the elements required in order to hold the conference in London in early September I have taken the decision to postpone the Corbett Centre Maritime Conference schedule for September 8-11 2020. At this point it is not certain when or where the re-scheduled conference will take place. However, rest assured there will be such an event at some point in the future. Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals, who promised support to the event and those who had shown interest in attending and participating. I look forward to seeing you all at another time. Be safe, stay well and take care.


The purpose of the Corbett Centre is to develop and promote the understanding and analysis of maritime policy and strategy through the interaction of policy-makers, practitioners, academics, industry and commerce.  The 2020 Corbett Centre Conference focuses upon the links between maritime power and international relations in the past, present and future. It is a timely and important subject for academic and policy debates around the world, thus the requirement for bringing together an international array of scholars, practitioners and policy makers whose focus is the link between maritime power and national security strategy formulations. The event is aimed at bringing together works which address political, economic, military, commercial, technological, intelligence, force structures, defence economics, cultural and security dimensions, to name just a few, all of which are underpinned by the use of the sea. Panels which focus on regional conditions with regard to maritime security and strategy are also welcome. The world economy, political integration and shared security concerns are continually being linked to issue within the maritime domain, or global commons. Therefore, there is a pressing need to establish a regularly occurring interaction of researchers who can bring significant methodologies to the analysis of the state of maritime power, maritime strategy, and maritime security in a holistic and multi-disciplinary fashion. The conference will produce an edited volume for the Corbett Centre Series on Maritime Policy Studies from a selection of papers, as well as encourage publication in journals closely linked to the Centre, such as the Naval Review and Global War Studies. The conference will be held in London at King’s College Facilities on or near the Strand.

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for the following panels; however, other areas of study are also welcome. Complete panels of three presenters and a chair are most welcome, but individual submissions will also incorporated into the overall programme:

  • The state of the study of maritime strategy and power in various countries.
  • The impact of BREXIT on the UK’s use of maritime power, or, associated impacts of BREXIT on the maritime condition of other states
  • Regional issues of globalisation and maritime security
  • International and Maritime Law and the Securing of the Seas
  • Globalisation and the Atlantic World
  • The Impact of Technology and the utility of Seapower
  • Economic Warfare and the Sea: a concept no longer effective for its time.
  • The utility of naval power in maritime security operations.
  • Continental Powers and Maritime Powers: who is what?
  • Naval Power in an age of multi-polarity: past, present or future.
  • Naval Arms Control and Arms Races
  • Great Powers and the use of the sea

Paper presentations will be twenty minutes in length with three papers on each panel. The Chair’s summarization will be no longer than ten minutes. Proposals should consist of an abstract of no more than 500 words and a two-page CV. The proposal submissions will not be considered by the organizers after June 1, 2020. Please submit the proposal to Professor Greg Kennedy, Director, Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, at



Please register via the Estore page

The conference fee is £80 for all four days, including refreshments and lunch. There is also an optional conference dinner on the 9th.

PhD students can attend for free, please contact to confirm attendance.


There is a limited amount of student residence accommodation available at a cost of £50 per night. Please contact to enquire/book (from March onwards)

Alternatively you can obtain corporate rates at the Strand Palace hotel, Premier Inn Waterloo and H10 Waterloo if you state you are attending a King’s Conference.

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