The Black Sea region, which is of strategic importance for transatlantic security, has become an arena of great power competition. Russia's increased militarization of Crimea and eastern Ukraine, along with Moscow’s naval provocations are threatening NATO’s strategic posture and that of its allies. The pandemic has exacerbated these long standing security threats with border closures limiting the movement of citizens and personnel. As elsewhere, covid-19 is impacting Romania’s foreign policy priorities in the Black Sea region as well as the broader alliance structure.

Join CEPA for a fireside chat with Foreign Minister of Romania Bogdan Aurescu to consider how the covid-19 crisis has influenced Black Sea security, the prospect of increasing NATO’s presence in the Black Sea, and what Romania’s priorities are for the region.

ModeratorDr. Alina Polyakova, President and CEO, CEPA

SpeakerH.E. Bogdan Aurescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Romania


Media Contact: Eleanor Anderson at "US, NATO, Romanian partners break ground on missile defense complex" from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District under CC 2.0 via Flickr.

Dr. Alina Polyakova