Maritime and Naval Studies

INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 16, 2015) Ten ships and submarines from the Indian, Japanese and U.S. navies maneuver into a close formation during Exercise Malabar 2015. Malabar is a continuing series of complex, high-end war fighting exercises conducted to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to their new home port in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Brown/Released); Public Domain

The sea is reasserting its significance in international affairs. Maritime trade underpins the world economy; rising sea levels threaten coastal communities; and American naval hegemony is no longer assured. We need our leading academic institutions to inform us about our naval history, about maritime affairs today, about the purpose and future of sea power. The Maritime and Naval Studies Program at ISS is a new initiative that seeks to do exactly that. 

For nearly thirty years, ISS has supported academic research of the highest quality and connected academics and policy-makers. The first stage of the Maritime and Naval Studies Program continues that tradition. Over the course of the past few academic years, ISS has hosted a series of speakers and events aimed at promoting the study of the sea at Yale. In April of 2018, we hosted a major international conference, “Navies in Multipolar Worlds.”  In the Fall of 2021, ISS will be hosting its second Naval History Conference at Yale.   
To the left, you’ll find information about upcoming events, which are also listed in the calendar. For more information about the program or if you would like to get involved, please contact Elizabeth Vastakis, at