The Black Sea Region Comes into the Political Spotlight

Posted in Europe | 08-Jul-04 | Author: Dieter Farwick

Bulgaria and Romania are new members of NATO. This makes sense from a geopolitical and geo-strategic standpoint. The Black Sea region, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Caspian Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Broader Middle East are all linked together.

If the problems of the “arc of instability” – reaching from Marrakech to Bangladesh – and of the neighboring regions are to be softened or even solved, the time has come for a macro view. There is no opportunity for isolated or surgical solutions. This fact creates chances and risks. To realize the chances, the political and scientific elite must think strategically – complex and long term.

We are able to present a thoughtful study on the Black Sea region written under the chairmanship of Ron Asmus. There are a lot of good ideas as to how to proceed in favor of crisis prevention, stability and security.

NATO and the EU are well suited to develop a comprehensive “grand strategy”