Resilience in the Maritime Domain – Confronting Asymmetric Threats
The resilience of the Gulf is intimately tied to the maritime domain, which connects the states on both sides of the Arabian Gulf, not just to one another, but also to the Indian Ocean and some of the strategically most important waterways in the world. Beyond the secure export of hydrocarbons, the maritime domain affects all security domains of the abutting states of the Gulf and is therefore the centre of gravity of a regional security complex that is held together by the maritime domain. Amid rising unconventional challenges to the maritime domain from both state and non-state actors, who are employing a range of asymmetric means to disrupt stability, absolute security in the maritime domain might be hard to achieve. Thus, this conference intends to look at the concept of resilience in the maritime domain, which prioritizes means and ways for actors in the maritime domain to withstand challenges without critically failing. Thereby, the debate will revolve around both operational and strategic means and ways of increasing resilience in the maritime domain in the Arabian Gulf and connected waterways.
Dr. Andreas Krieg
Dr. Andreas Krieg is an assistant professor in Security Studies at King’s College London and a fellow at King’s Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, currently seconded to the UK Defence Academy and the Royal College of Defence Studies where he applies his subject matter expertise to professional military education. Between 2013 and 2017 he was based with King’s in Qatar providing professional military education to officers from Gulf Cooperation Council militaries. In his research Andreas has focused on a variety of different subjects relating to the academic discipline of Security Studies. Over the past ten year Dr Krieg has researched subjects relating to Conflict Studies and non-state violence with a particular focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. His most recent books focused on the changing nature of civil-security sector relations amid a growing commercialization of security as well as on the nexus between security and socio-politics in the Middle East after the Arab Spring. His most recent publications are “Divided Gulf – The Anatomy of a Crisis” with Palgrave and “Surrogate Warfare – The Transformation of War in the 21st Century” with Georgetown University Press. Outside of academia, Dr Krieg’s has been able to draw on his expertise on Middle East security as a political risk consultant for governmental and commercial clients in the MENA region and Europe. He is the director of MENA analtyica Ltd, a London-based political risk consultancy firm.
The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) was first launched at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) in 2008 and has since grown into a fixture of the event’s programme. MENC continues to attract thought leaders from across the globe and inspire discussions on the latest regional and international trends in maritime defence and security.
This section provides a summary of the main MENC conference highlights throughout the years.
DIMDEX 2008: “Challenges, Capabilities and Co-operation”
DIMDEX 2010: “Delivering Security at Sea: Policy, Technology and Operations”
DIMDEX 2012: “The Strategic Importance of Maritime Security in Protecting the Global Economy: The Role of Technology and Naval Co-operation in Security Trade at Sea”
DIMDEX 2014: “Maritime Domain Spotlight – MENA region and International Strategic Trends”
DIMDEX 2016: “The Maritime Domain — The Centre of Gravity for the Regional Security Complex of the Arabian Gulf”
DIMDEX 2018: “Building Capabilities in Challenging Environments Through Visionary International Military Cooperation and Defence Engagement”
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