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Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum 2019

June 14th 2019 - 13:00

The third edition of the Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum was held in the Romanian port city of Constanta, from 12-14 June 2019. The Forum has become a regular annual event jointly organized by the Bucharest-based New Strategy Center together with the Ovidius University and the Metropolitan Area Authorities of Constanța. Tim Sweijs of HCSS participated in a panel session, together with General (Ret.) Joseph W. Ralston, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe  of NATO Allied Command Operations.

"NATO and EU – Stronger Together. The Transatlantic Link and the Stability of the Eastern Europe" 

Which are the main complementarities and possible synergies between NATO and EU? Is strategic autonomy compatible with joint action? What needs to be done in order to preserve and strengthen the north-American anchor of European security?

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Now at its third edition, the Forum has acquired a distinct profile in the regional security debate as a highly professional conference bringing together officials, scholars, analysts, representatives of non-governmental organizations and international experts with an aim to facilitating dialogue and fostering the quest for rational and realistic solutions.

The 16 scheduled panel discussions covered a vast range of topics such as the militarization of the Black Sea, the classical and newly emerging security challenges, the vital importance of the transatlantic link, the on-going regional cooperation initiatives. In addition, more specialist subjects were tackled in separate sessions on cyber security, energy, climate change, religion and security, connectivity and military mobility, urban and community development, hybrid operations and information warfare.

The list of keynote speakers and panelists was impressive, comprising incumbent or former high government officials, both civilian and military, leading think tanks and prominent scholars and political analysts from EU and NATO member states and partner countries.

Read more about the Forum here: https://2bsecurityforum.ro/

Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for horizon scanning, early warning, conflict analysis, national security risk assessment, and strategy and capability development. Tim has lectured at universities and military academies around the world. His main research interest concerns the changing character of contemporary conflict. Tim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Defence Academy and an Affiliate at the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.