On Friday, June 22 CEPA hosted a roundtable with Ana Birchall, Vice Prime Minister of Romania and Matthew Palmer, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of the United States. The conversation was moderated by Peter B. Doran, President of CEPA.
With increased military and non-military pressure coming from the East, the security of NATO’s Eastern Flank has become a priority for the entire transatlantic alliance. In the Black Sea area in particular, Russia’s revisionist behavior challenges freedom of commerce, information, energy, and even the territorial integrity of neighboring states. For Romania, as well as other frontline states, a stronger transatlantic relationship is key to overcoming these threats. In recent years, Romania has taken important steps to guard against these risks by investing more in security and defense and strengthening relations with allies such as the United States. Looking to the future, Romania is seeking broader support for and engagement in the extended Black Sea region from the Alliance.
Moving forward, Romania and the United States must consider: what are the main threats, challenges, and shortcomings that remain on the Eastern Flank; and how should the U.S. deepen its ties with Romania and the region?
Peter B. Doran