Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 45

It’s a vital front line in the escalating standoff between NATO and Russia. It’s a potential soft spot on the West’s eastern frontier. And it is a large arena for mischief from Moscow.

The Black Sea region is a complex and dynamic space where security calculations are shifting and the stakes are rising.

Joining Brian Whitmore on the latest Power Vertical podcast to discuss the Kremlin’s goals and the West’s options are CEPA’s LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges and Donald N Jensen.

Audio Clip 1: “NATO Ships Conduct Exercise in The Black Sea” by the U.S. Navy.

Audio Clip 2: “Sea Breeze 2016 Air & Land Components” by CNE-CNA/C6F.

Photo: “Exercise Sea Breeze 2019” by NATO under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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Brian Whitmore

Brian Whitmore is Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Before joining CEPA he was Senior Russia Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague; as a graduate instructor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina; and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University.

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September 20, 2019

The Power Vertical is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis.