Maritime Power in the Black Sea provides the first comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the comparative maritime power of the six littoral states in the Black Sea - Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Romania and Bulgaria. This book examines the maritime capabilities and assets of each of the six littoral Black Sea states and also considers the implications of the distribution of maritime power on both regional and international security. As such it makes an important contribution to the debate about what constitutes maritime power in the twenty first century and provides a thematic comparative study of the ability of each of the littoral states of the Black Sea to project maritime power.
Deborah Sanders is a Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department, King's College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the UK.
’A timely piece of work that examines the balance of maritime power in an area of key strategic importance, the scene of the two most recent interstate conflicts in western Eurasia. The author's excellent and well informed analysis could not be bettered. The book is not just important in terms of regional security analysis but as a contribution to the wider literature of maritime power and the roles of smaller navies; highly recommended.’ Eric Grove, Liverpool Hope University, UK ’Maritime power has always proved difficult to measure. In this book Deborah Sanders suggests a new and thought-provoking three-fold approach to the problem - issues of quantity, issues of quality and the impact of the maritime context. Additionally, she does this by taking the forgotten navies of the Black Sea as an extended case study. This not only throws important light on a sadly neglected but increasingly important geographic area, it also adds depth to our understanding of what navies are for and what contributes to their success or failure. Highly recommended.’ Geoffrey Till, King’s College London and Director of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, UK '... the author has done readers an immense service by providing this concise overview of largely unknown navies recently thrust onto the geopolitical front line. Given the author’s painstaking efforts, this is likely to remain the best survey of Black Sea navies for some time.' Proceedings Magazine