Challenges and Development Paths for a Cooperative Identity in the Black Sea Region


October 28-29, 2022


OCTOBER 29, 2022
Special Panel. Edges and Perspectives for Trio’s Interconnection with the Euro-Atlantic World (Ukraine, Georgia, and the Republic of Moldova)

13:00-14:45 Bucharest Time (EEST/GMT+3)

Six speakers – 10-15 minutes for each intervention and 30 minutes for the Q&A session


Moderators: Leonela LECA & Silviu NATE



H.E. Ms. Irina ZIDARU, (General Director for Strategic Affairs, MFA Romania)

H.E. Mr. Beka CHKHEIDZE (Deputy Director of International Economic Relations Department, MFA of Georgia) 

Dr. Hanna SHELEST (Security Studies Program Director, Ukrainian PRISM & Editor-in-Chief of Ukraine Analytica, Ukraine)

Mr. Victor KIPIANI (Chair of GEOCASE, Georgia)

H.E. Mr. Ihor PROKOPCHUK, (Ukraine’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Romania)

Dr. Igor MUNTEANU (Assoc. Prof., former Exec. Director of IDIS Viitorul and former Ambassador of The Republic of Moldova in the United States, The Republic of Moldova)


Opening remarks

15:00-15:30 Bucharest Time (EEST/GMT+3)

08:00 AM – 08:30 PM Washington Time DC (GMT-4)


Prof. Dr. Adrian PASCU, (vice-rector, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania) 

H.E. Mr. Mircea GEOANĂ (NATO Deputy Secretary General) – video message

H.E. Mr. Iulian FOTA (State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania)

Dr. Silviu NATE (Assoc. Prof., Director of the Global Studies Center, LBUS, Romania) 


Panel 1. Black Sea Region Security Challenges. Lessons Learned amid the Russian Federation’s Invasion of Ukraine’s Territory

15:30-17:30 Bucharest Time (EEST/GMT+3)

08:30 AM – 10:30 PM Washington Time DC (GMT-4)

Five speakers – 15 minutes for each intervention and 30 minutes for the Q&A session


Moderators: Scott EASTMAN & Silviu NATE



Separating Myths from Reality in Russian New Generation Warfare – Mr. Greg MELCHER (COO at the New Generation Warfare Center, USA)

Global Geoeconomics and Implications for the Black Sea Region – Antonia COLIBĂȘANU (Lecturer at SNSPA, Senior Analyst at the New Strategy Center, Romania; Senior Analyst & COO at Geopolitical Futures, USA)

The Eagle and the Bear – Realpolitik in the Black Sea Region – Dr. Ioana CONSTANTIN-BERCEAN (Researcher at the Institute for Political Science and International Relations, The Romanian Academy, Romania)

Naval Presence and Economic Security in the Black Sea – Mr. Brent SADLER (Senior Research Fellow, Naval Warfare and Advanced Technology, Center for National Defense, The Heritage Foundation, USA);

Kremlin’s Ambitions in the Black Sea Region. Weaponizing Energy and Trade – Leonela LECA, Ph.D.c. (Associate Fellow at GLOBSEC & Senior Analyst at the Global Studies Center, LBUS, Romania).


Coffee Break

17:30 – 18:00 Bucharest Time (EEST/GMT+3)

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Washington DC Time (GMT-4) 



Panel 2. Containing Russia. Strategic Costs and Stabilization Options

18:00-20:00 Bucharest Time (EEST/GMT+3)

11:00 AM – 01:00 PM Washington DC Time (GMT-4)

Five speakers – 15 minutes for each intervention and 30 minutes for the Q&A session

Moderators: Leonela LECA & Silviu NATE



Depletion of Russia’s Conventional Military Capabilities and Its Strategic Implications – Dr. András RÁCZ, (Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Robert Bosch Center for Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Germany);

US-Russia Relations and the EU’s Interest – Gabriela-Melania CIOT (Former Secretary of State for European Affairs, MFA Romania; Head of Doctoral School “European Paradigm”, Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj, Romania);

Three Western Pillars to Keep Russia at Arm’s Length: Containment, Isolation and Pressuring – Dr. Eugene KOGAN (Independent expert established in Tbilisi, Georgia);

Ukraine and Eastern Europe in the Current and Post-war European Security Architecture – Dr. Kateryna SHYNKARUK (Senior Lecturer at The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Ukraine & USA);

Containing a Nuclear Power Without Getting Burned – Mr. Scott EASTMAN, Ph.D.c. (Superforecaster at Good Judgement, USA & LBUS, Romania).



OCTOBER 29, 2022
Dissemination Event: Paths for Cooperation in the Black Sea Region

13:00-14:00 Bucharest Time (EEST/GMT+3)

Faculty of Law „Simion Bărnuțiu”, Calea Dumbrăvii no. 34, S102 (in-person event)


Paper submission