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 2016–17 academic year, we hosted a series of speakers and events aimed at promoting the study of the sea at Yale. In 2018, we will host a major international conference, “Navies in Multipolar Worlds.” Registration is now open. You can find details here.