Europe, Small Navies and Maritime Security: Balancing Traditional Roles and Emergent Threats in the 21st Century, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Europe, Small Navies and Maritime Security

Balancing Traditional Roles and Emergent Threats in the 21st Century, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert McCabe, Deborah Sanders, Ian Speller


238 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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This book seeks to identify and address gaps in our understanding of maritime security and the role of small navies in Europe.

The majority of Europe’s navies are small, yet they are often called upon to address a complex array of traditional and non-traditional threats. This volume examines the role of small navies within the European security architecture, by discussing areas of commonality and difference between navies, and arguing that it is not possible to fully understand either maritime strategy or European security without taking into account the actions of small navies. It contains a number of case studies that provide an opportunity to explore how different European states view the current security environment and how naval policy has undergone significant changes within the lifetime of the existing naval assets. In addition, the book examines how maritime security and naval development in Europe might evolve, given that economic forecasts will likely limit the potential procurement of ‘larger’ naval assets in the future, which means that European states will increasingly have to do more with less in the maritime domain.

This book will be of much interest to students of maritime strategy, naval power, strategic studies, European politics and international relations in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Europe, Small Navies and Maritime Security Robert McCabe, Deborah Sanders and Ian Speller

Part I: Theorising small navies and maritime security

2. Small navies in the current strategic context Geoffrey Till

3. Seapower and small navies: a post-modern outlook Basil Germond

4. Special effects: force multipliers and small navies Andrew Mallia and Chris Xuereb

5. From hand-me-down navies to niche players? Comparing the navies of (very) small European states Brendan Flynn

6. Small navies and naval warfare in the Baltic Sea region Niklas Granholm

Part II: Small navies within the European context

7. European small(er) navies: failures and success in doing more with less Jeremy Stöhs

8. The Royal Netherlands Navy after the Cold War: working with a new doctrine in a new security environment Anselm van der Peet

9. Maritime security strategies for very small states: the case of the Baltic states William Combes

10. Bulwark and balancing act: the strategic role of the Royal Norwegian Navy Tor Ivar Strømmen

11. The Royal Danish Navy: how small states use naval strategy Johannes Riber

12. Rebuilding the Ukrainian Navy: maritime security in a highly contested environment Deborah Sanders

13. A comparative analysis of policy and practice within three small navies: Croatia, Ireland and Malta Ciaran Lowe

Conclusion Robert McCabe, Deborah Sanders and Ian Speller

About the Editors

Robert McCabe is an Assistant Professor and Course Director for the MA in Maritime Security at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK.

Deborah Sanders is a Reader in Defence and Security Studies at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London, UK.

Ian Speller is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

About the Series

Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series

Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series
The Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series is the publishing platform of the Corbett Centre. Drawing on the expertise and wider networks of the Defence Studies Department of King's College London, and based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in the UK Defence Academy, the Corbett Centre is already a leading centre for academic expertise and education in maritime and naval studies. It enjoys close links with several other institutions, both academic and governmental, that have an interest in maritime matters, including the Developments, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), the Naval Staff of the Ministry of Defence and the Naval Historical Branch. The centre and its publishing output aims to promote the understanding and analysis of maritime history and policy and to provide a forum for the interaction of academics, policy-makers and practitioners. Books published under the eagis of the Corbett Centre series reflect these aims and provide an opportunity to stimulate research and debate into a broad range of maritime related themes. The core subject matter for the series is maritime strategy and policy, conceived broadly to include theory, history and practice, military and civil, historical and contemporary, British and international aspects. As a result this series offers a unique opportunity to examine key issues such as maritime security, the future of naval power, and the commercial uses of the sea, from an exceptionally broad chronological, geographical and thematic range. Truly interdisciplinary in its approach, the series welcomes books from across the humanities, social sciences and professional worlds, providing an unrivalled opportunity for authors and readers to enhance the national and international visibility of maritime affairs, and provide a forum for policy debate and analysis.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
HISTORY / Military / Naval
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern