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About the Speech:

In his address, Dr Ian Speller examined the different ways in which small navies can contribute to national and international security. He focused on the challenges of security at sea (including migration, criminality, terrorism, piracy and inter-state confrontation) and also the opportunities that exist to use the sea as a medium to support security ashore.  In his address, he also explored the importance of small navies within the context of the EU Maritime Security Strategy and the US ‘Co-operative Strategy for 21st Century Sea power’ and discussed the implications for Irish defence policy and for the Irish Naval Service.


About the Speaker:

Dr Ian Speller is Director of the Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies and Senior Lecturer in History at Maynooth University. He also lectures in history and strategy at the Irish Defence Forces Military College. Prior to moving to Ireland he was a Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London and the UK Defence Academy. His research interests include maritime strategy, naval warfare and military history. He has published numerous books, journal articles and other scholarly works on these subjects including Small Navies: Strategy and Policy for Small Navies in War and Peace (Ashgate, 2014) and Understanding Naval Warfare (Routledge, 2014).