New Strategy Center in partnership with The Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) and Croatian Defense Academy “Dr. Franjo Tuđman”, organized on Thursday, 23 March 2017, the debate: “Strategic Challenges in South East Europe and Black Sea Area”.

The event took place at the Croatian Defense Academy and comprised two sessions, New Strategy Center (NSC) being represented by: Amb. Sergiu Celac – Member of the Scientific Council of NSC; Gheorghe Magheru – Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Member of the Scientific Council of NSC; Horia Ciurtin – associate expert of NSC.

The discussions focused on the strategic importance of the Balkans and the Black Sea area, viewed as a complementary security area. Mr. Magheru highlighted in his presentation “Security environment in the Black Sea, a Romanian View – Constants and Variables” an array of perennial issues in the region, but also the implications of the last changes, especially after the annexation of Crimeea. With the presentation “Trade and investments in the Black Sea and the Balkans”, Mr. Ciurtin pointed out the interest of other international actors to acquire more influence in the area through capital. Mr. Celac analyzed in his presentation “Energy security in the region, focus on the Black Sea” the significant role of the Black Sea in the European energy security, given that this area displays several specific opportunities, but also challenges.

This debate was part of the event series within the partnership between New Strategy Center and The Institute for Development and International Relations.

* A selection of pictures is available in ‘Photo/video’ section.