Strengthening NATO’s Eastern Flank: Challenges and Strategies for Baltic-Black Sea Coherence
On Wednesday, April 17, CEPA convened a Baltic-Black Sea Security conference in Bucharest, hosted by the Presidential administration of Romania. The conversation featured keynotes from H.E. Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania and Matthew Boyse, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Speakers, including Teodor Melescanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Peter B. Doran, President, Center for European Policy Analysis, Bogdan Aurescu, Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Romania, Constantin Ionescu, State Advisor in the Department of National Security, Romania Presidential Administration, and LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges, Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies, CEPA, assessed the Black Sea region as a potential vulnerability and crisis point for the Alliance. The conversation deconstructed the major threats and challenges along NATO's Eastern Flank, considered why should Alliance leaders prioritize the dangers in the Black Sea region, and assessed strategic tools for mitigating the risks in the area.
Peter B. Doran
17 April 2019
Photo Credit: The Presidential Administration of Romania