We are excited to present a conference on Black Sea Security, in close collaboration with the Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee in the Danish Parliament, Mr. Michael Aastrup Jensen, and the Georgian Embassy in Denmark – exclusively through CSCD’s Ambassadors Lounge. The conference will bring together prominent members of parliament, as well as distinguished ambassadors, diplomats, defence-attachés, government and civil society representatives, business representatives, and experts to allow for a frank exchange of views on the challenges and opportunities in the Black Sea Region and their implications for various aspects of broader European security.
Security Environments in the Black Sea Region in the Aftermath of War in Ukraine
Russia’s ongoing full-scale military aggression against Ukraine has dramatically changed security environments in the wider Black Sea Region and has sharpened attention on global security challenges. Consequently, the Black Sea Region has moved into the center of the European and international focus as the ongoing war in the region threatens not only European security architecture but creates serious political and economic implications for the stability of the entire World.
Implications of Regional Black Sea Security Environments for European Security – What has War in Ukraine Changed?
The war in Ukraine is the culmination of Moscow’s continued attempts to militarize the Black Sea and increase Russian influence in the Region. Notwithstanding the Region’s critical geostrategic significance, the EU’s approach to the Black Sea Region has somewhat lacked coherence in the past, and it’s only recently that the EU has fully acknowledged its strategic importance for European security. The war in Ukraine represents a turning point in this strategic ambiguity and is leading to major shifts in the perception of the Black Sea Region and the roles of regional players for European security and strategic thinking.
The wider Black Sea Region is further a key node of the global energy economy, both for hydrocarbon resources in the region and for transit infrastructure. Russia’s large-scale conventional war in Ukraine, as well as consequent sanctions imposed on Russia, have created new challenges for the energy security of the European Union and led to the immense global energy crises. Moreover, Russian blockades of maritime transport routes and export channels of the Ukrainian grain have not only exposed regional transit infrastructures but have inflicted harm to food supplies worldwide. Energy and supply crisis in Europe demonstrates that the Black Sea Region plays an important role in the European and global security system and highlights the significance of peace and stability in the region.
Speakers and Format
We have invited an expert panel to discuss topics affected by and related to Security in the Black Sea Region. The speakers will share their extensive knowledge through a series of talks followed by panel discussions. We are honoured to welcome:
- MP Mr. Michael Aastrup Jensen, Chairman of the Danish Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee, with a keynote speech.
- Distinguished Ambassadors to Denmark from the Black Sea countries of Bulgaria, Georgia, Türkiye, Ukraine, and Romania with an exclusive ambassadorial panel discussion.
- We are further honoured to expand the ambassadorial panel with the Ambassador of Poland to Denmark, due to Poland’s significant role in the Three Sea Initiative, and the Ambassador of the USA to Denmark, as key strategic partners.
- Prominent representatives of the respective countries.
- Heads of International Organizations – WHO Regional Office Europe, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, BSEC.
- As well as prominent representatives from Danish Business community and institutions, to give expert talks.
- All will be supplemented by a research angle from leading Experts and Advisors and our renowned moderator, Ms. Charlotte Flindt Pedersen, Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Society.
The talks will be under the Chatham House Rule, followed by a Q&A session and networking with refreshments.
*We hold the right to make changes in the program