Russia's Growing Maritime Power
Although Moscow's assault on Ukraine is being fought primarily on the ground, the war has a pronounced maritime aspect to it as Moscow contests control of the Sea of Azov and further into the Black Sea. In fact, the war is having profound implications for Russian maritime power. While the Russian navy will likely have to take on a more active position in the Russian armed forces more broadly, this is not only a military question: the Russian economy is becoming increasingly dependent on sea lanes to access its major markets. The speakers of this roundtable event debated the changing face of Russian power, including the problems Moscow faces in developing its power at sea, the balance between Moscow's regional and global priorities, and the future of Russian power at sea and what this means for the U.S. and its allies.
Senior Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute, London; Non-Resident Associate Fellow, NATO Defense College
Michael Petersen, Ph.D.
Director, Eastern Advisory Group; Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute, London
Non Resident Fellow Modern War Institute, West Point Military Academy
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