Enhancing Security in the Black Sea: The Future of Security Cooperation

August 4, 2021, 10:00-11:15am

Join the Atlantic Council for a panel discussion on global security trends, challenges in the Black Sea and the future of security cooperation.

Since Moscow launched its war on Ukraine in 2014, NATO has taken substantial steps to bolster security for its eastern members, particularly with a stronger presence in the Baltic states, Poland and Romania. The NATO approach to security in the Baltic Sea has been comprehensive, as all NATO members in the region and other states recognize the dangers posed by a revisionist Kremlin. But NATO efforts along the southern flank, in the Black Sea region, are not as far along.

As recent events show—from Russian protests over the passage of a British naval vessel near Ukraine’s Crimean waters to the Kremlin’s naval buildup in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea—the region is increasingly under the spotlight. The Black Sea’s littoral NATO member states and their partners, Georgia and Ukraine, are facing an increasingly provocative Russian naval presence.

Please join the Atlantic Council for a discussion of NATO’s role in the Black Sea region and what security cooperation among these states will look like in the future.


Leah Scheunemann, Deputy Director, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Alton Buland, Director, South and Central Europe, U.S. Department of Defense

Dr. Can Kasapoğlu, Director of Security and Defense Research, The Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM)

Ambassador Elena Poptodorova, Vice President, Atlantic Club of Bulgaria

Dr. Harlan Ullman, Senior Advisor, the Atlantic Council; Chairman, The Killowen Group

Irina Zidaru, Director General for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania