The New Strategy Center organized on Friday, February 17, on the margins of the Munich Security Conference, together with the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), USA an event dedicated to the security challenges in the Black Sea area and the threats faced by this region in the context of the war in Ukraine, with the title: “The Battle for the Black Sea: Mapping the Center of gravity for the Eastern flank of NATO.”
The debate focused on the relevance of the Black Sea region, in the context of the war in Ukraine, being a good opportunity to discuss also the strategic importance of Romania. Bogdan Aurescu, Romania’s foreign minister, emphasized the role of our country in supporting Ukraine, along with other states, in order to resist Russian aggression. The discussions also focused on the difficult situation in the Republic of Moldova, subject to hybrid destabilization actions by Russia, which tries to use the energy crisis and social problems to generate disturbances and instability in Chisinau. Ana Revenco, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Moldova and Michael McCaul, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of representatives, USA, also had allocution as speakers.
Democratic states must maintain a high level of support for Ukraine and manage Russia’s hybrid threats, which are trying through cyber attacks, disinformation campaigns, distressing actions on the energy and food markets to affect the solidarity of the West and generate multiple negative effects worldwide.
The debate was moderated by LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges, senior advisor, Human Rights First and former Commander of US Army Europe. Alina Polyakova, President of CEPA and George Scutaru, CEO of NSC made the introduction to the topic, and the conclusions were made by Amb. Sorin Ducaru, Director of EU Satellite Center and Chairman of the Scientific Council of NSC. The event was also attended by: Hanno Pevkur, Minister of Defense of Estonia, members of the US Congress, members of Parliament from Norway, Germany, Ukraine, EU and NATO officials, journalists, high-level experts in international relations.