1st Edition

Power and the Maritime Domain A Global Dialogue

Edited By Greg Kennedy, William de Sousa Moreira Copyright 2023
    352 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    352 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a multi-disciplinary and multi-national approach to defining key elements required to define power within the maritime domain.

    The volume engages with the concept that the maritime domain is a multi-dimensional space embracing oceans, seas, waterways, including all elements of maritime power, related activities, infrastructure, resources and assets. It illustrates the complexity and interconnectivity of the factors that contribute to the appreciation, creation, and application of maritime power. In practical terms, the book highlights that the maritime domain is a continuum that interconnects countries, cultures, politics, economics, trade, environment, knowledge, and technological power globally. Perhaps most importantly, the maritime domain generates power of its own volition, as well as acting as a critical enabler for the creation of other types of nations power: economic, political, military, technological, intelligence and fiscal power, in particular. The book not only brings those various factors to the reader’s attention but, in the synthesis, also clarifies the connections between the various elements in creating a greater maritime whole.

    This book will be of great interest to students of maritime security, strategic studies and International Relations.


    Greg Kennedy and William S. Moreira

    Part I: Maritime as a Concept

    1. The Global Order at Sea: From a Hierarchy of Power to Hierarchical Legitimacy?

    Alessio Patalano

    2. The Sea as an Institution: A Constructivist Approach to Maritime Spaces

    Marcelo M. Valença and Daniel Edler Duarte

    3. Beyond the Blue Amazon: The Brazilian Vocation to the South Atlantic

    Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho

    4. Maritime States and the Value of the Sea

    José Augusto Abreu de Moura

    Part II: Global and Regional Security at Sea

    5. The Washington Naval Conference, 1921-22: A Blue-Print for a Modern Sino-American Naval Disarmament Agreement?

    Greg Kennedy

    6. Brazilian Naval Strategic Thought from 1822 to the Present

    Francisco Eduardo Alves de Almeida

    7. Islands, Amphibious Operations and the 21st Century

    Geoffrey Till

    8. The Role of the Domestic in Low-Intensity Maritime Conflict: A Cod Wars Perspective

    William Reynolds

    9. The Weaponisation of the Eastern Mediterranean: Refugees as the Trojan Horse for Diplomatic Bargaining

    Anastasia Filippidou

    10. State Cooperation for Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea

    Victoria Mitchell

    Part III: Technology and Economics in the Maritime Domain

    11. Naval History, Maritime Strategy, and the Role of Technology

    David Morgan-Owen and Richard Dunley

    12. Welfare Gains in the Maritime Domain: A Comparative Analysis of Defence Industrial Policies and Shipbuilding in the United Kingdom and Brazil

    Matthew Uttley, William S. Moreira and Sabrina E. Medeiros

    13. The Evolution of Brazil’s Nuclear Program: Policy and the Multiple Drivers for the Nuclear-powered Submarine.

    Nival Nunes de Almeida and Gustavo André Pereira Guimarães 

    14. Blue Economy beyond Maritime Economics

    Thauan Santos

    Part IV: Law, Governance, and Futures of the Seas

    15. The New Territorialisation of the Seas

    André P. Beirão

    16. Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships and the International Law of the Sea: A South Atlantic Perspective

    Rafael Zelesco Barretto

    17. The South Atlantic and Possible Future Armed Conflicts

    Claudio M. Rodrigues

    18. Futures for the Maritime Domain: Signs and Trends that Shape Scenarios

    Adriano Lauro and Claudio R. Correa


    William de Sousa Moreira is a professor at the Brazilian Naval War College (BNWC). He is the ST&I Advisor and teaches at the Postgraduate Programme on Maritime Studies at the BNWC. He is also a Visiting Professor at King´s College London (2021-22).

    Greg Kennedy is Professor of Strategic Foreign Policy, and the Director of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham.