Webinar on Sino-American Maritime Competition | Initiative on the Future of Transatlantic Relations

November 24th 2020 - 12:00

On November 16th 2020, the Initiative on the Future of Transatlantic Relations hosted a special webinar on the Sino-American Maritime Competition and the consequences for European security. The webinar followed the publication in Security Studies of an issue on Security Studies in a New Era of Maritime Competition . Topics discussed during the webinar ranged from blockades as an opportunity to avoid escalation of the Sino-American maritime competition, the role of naval power in American grand strategy, the shifting offense-defense balance in the Western Pacific due to innovations in missile technology, patterns in maritime dispute settlements, the respective natures of maritime powers and land powers, and the opportunities and limits for US retrenchment. 

Speakers: Jonathan Caverley (Naval War College, MIT), Peter Dombrowski (Naval War College), Sara Mitchel (University of Iowa), Evan Braden Montgomery (Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments), Fiona Cunningham (George Washington University), Erik Gartzke (University of California), Jon Lindsay (University of Toronto), Paul van Hooft (The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies). 

Commentators: Luis Simon (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Linde Desmaele (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Jeremy Stoehs (Kiel University), and Friso Stevens (The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies). 

Moderator: Tim Sweijs (The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies). 

Read the latest issue of Security Studies, “Security Studies in a New Era of Maritime Competition” (Volume 29, Issue 4, 2020), here.  

The webinar on Sino-American Maritime Competition was the first event of our newly launched Initiative on the Future of Transatlantic Relations. Click here to learn more about this initiative.   

Paul van Hooft is a Senior Strategic Analyst at HCSS and the Co-Chair of The Initiative on the Future of Transatlantic Relations. He was a postdoctoral fellow from 2018 to 2020 at the Security Studies Program (SSP) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including as a 2018-2019 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow. His work focuses on: the origins and logic of American grand strategy; European grand strategy and security; nuclear strategy; Indo-Pacific security, transatlantic relations; alliances; and extended deterrence. Paul attained his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Amsterdam (UVA) and was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) from 2016 to 2018. Paul received the 2016 prize from the Dutch and Flemish political science associations for his dissertation on the impact of experiences with war on postwar grand strategy.
Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for horizon scanning, early warning, conflict analysis, national security risk assessment, and strategy and capability development. Tim has lectured at universities and military academies around the world. His main research interest concerns the changing character of contemporary conflict. Tim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Defence Academy and an Affiliate at the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.