Batten down the hatches: policymakers’ dinner with US Navy Admiral James G. Foggo

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Following the publication of our report ‘Molto Agitato – Italy and Mediterranean Security’, this dinner debate with Admiral Foggo will examine sea power rivalry in the contested Mediterranean Sea and beyond.

Since the end of the Cold War, the Mediterranean basin has been in a state of permanent agitation. Serving as both a hub and a barrier between three continents, the Mediterranean is responsible for 20% of the world’s shipping trade despite covering less than 1% of the planet’s surface area. Over time, it has emerged as a strategic body of water where regional and external actors compete for influence.

From the Russian submarines and surface ships that populate the eastern Mediterranean to China’s purchasing of several Mediterranean ports as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, contesting powers seek to make their presence known. Add to this the disputed natural resources along with the thousands of deaths at sea due to uncontrolled migration and it becomes clear that the European Union needs to adopt a more coherent and united approach.

The event is by invitation-only.

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James Foggo
Admiral James G. Foggo

Commander of US Naval Forces Europe - Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF), and the Allied Joint Force Command Naples

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Admiral James Foggo is commander of US Naval Forces Europe – Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF), and the Allied Joint Force Command Naples since 2017. Foggo graduated from the US Naval Academy and has enjoyed a decorated career in the US Navy serving as Director of the US Navy Staff Division Chief, Joint Staff (J5) for Western Europe and the Balkans; Special Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology; NATO Commander in Joint Task Force Unified Protector (Libya); Commander of the US 6th Fleet, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO; Deputy Commander of US Naval Forces Europe and Africa; and Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Europe.


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