Security Interests of Romania in the Wider Black Sea Area

National Strategies Observer No.1/Vol.1

7 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2015

See all articles by Adriana Sauliuc

Adriana Sauliuc

Romanian Academy - Institute for World Economy

Gheorghe Calopareanu

Carol I National Defence University, Romania

Narciz Balasoiu

Titu Maiorescu University, Students

Date Written: April 28, 2015

Abstract

The Black Sea Region proved its strategic value in time, while today is even more important due to the geo-political evolutions in the region. Located at the crossroads of three security complexes, The Black Sea Region represents an area of strategic opportunities, characterized by a great diversity of people and cultures. In this region characterized by tensions and frozen conflicts, the responsibility for the peace and prosperity belongs, in the first place, to the border countries which, with the help from some non-state actors, could turn the Wider Black Sea Region into a stable area and into “a security producer”. Our paper assesses the geo-strategic importance of the Black Sea Region given the fact that this area represents a crossroad between three major geopolitical areas – Eastern Europe, Southern Europe and the Middle East – making this part of the old European continent the place where big transport corridors linking Europe to Central Asia meet. Our analysis will also highlight the Romania’s role in the region, taking into consideration its privileged position as a NATO and EU member, which can allow it to play an active role in developing strategies in order to maximize the national security interests.

Keywords: Black Sea, security, energy, military, strategic opportunities

JEL Classification: A10

Suggested Citation

Sauliuc, Adriana and Calopareanu, Gheorghe and Balasoiu, Narciz, Security Interests of Romania in the Wider Black Sea Area (April 28, 2015). National Strategies Observer No.1/Vol.1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2637121

Adriana Sauliuc (Contact Author)

Romanian Academy - Institute for World Economy ( email )

Romania

Gheorghe Calopareanu

Carol I National Defence University, Romania ( email )

Şoseaua Panduri, nr 68-72
Bucureşti, 7000
Romania

Narciz Balasoiu

Titu Maiorescu University, Students ( email )

Romania

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