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The Security Context in the Black Sea Region

Edited By Dimitrios Triantaphyllou Copyright 2010
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book on the security context in the Black Sea region is a timely endeavour and substantive contribution to understanding the state of play in the region and its linkages to the rest of the world. With contributions from analysts from Europe, the United States, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey, the book provides a holistic perspective. Post-Cold War developments have increased interest in the Black Sea region and the role of the regional and extra-regional actors in its security issues: this volume examines the position of the United States; NATO’s involvement; the EU’s engagement; Russia and Turkey’s aspirations alongside the policies of the other states in the region as they seek a role for themselves. It illustrates and investigates key concerns such as security, energy and energy security, regionalism and good governance; and questions why a cooperative security framework (or other regional schemes which could accommodate the needs of all stakeholders) has to date never become a reality.

    This book adds to the growing body of research on the region, presenting the facts of the current situation and asking what can be done in the Black Sea region for it to survive given its precarious security environment.

    This book was published as a special issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.

    Preface - Dimitrios Triantaphyllou (Director General of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS), Athens, Greece; and Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of the Aegean, Rhodes)

    1. The security paradoxes of the Black Sea region - Dimitrios Triantaphyllou

    2. Geopolitics, (sub)regionalism, discourse and a troubled ‘power triangle’ in the Black Sea - Yannis Tsantoulis (Research Fellow at the ICBSS, Athens, Greece)

    3. Towards a comprehensive regional security framework in the Black Sea region after the Russia-Georgia war - Oksana Antonenko (Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, UK)

    4. Geographical blessing versus geopolitical curse: great power security agendas for the Black Sea region and a Turkish alternative - Mustafa Aydin (Professor of International Relations at the University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey; Director of International Policy Research Institute (IPRI) of Ankara; President of the International Relations Council of Turkey)

    5. The impact of the Caucasus crisis on the regional and European security - Nadia Alexandrova-Arbatova (Head of the Department on European Political Studies in the Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

    6. The United States and security in the Black Sea region - Stephen F. Larrabee (Corporate Chair in European Security at the RAND Corporation)

    7. The European Union and Russian policies towards their shared neighbours - Nicu Popescu (Research Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and Andrew Wilson, Senior Policy Fellow at the ECFR)

    8. The European Union and security issues in the Black Sea region - Sabine Fischer (Research Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies of the European Union (ISS), Paris)

    9. Black Sea security as a regional concern for the Black Sea states and the global powers - Sergiy Glebov (Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of International Relations, Center for International Studies, I.I. Odessa Mechnikov National University, Ukraine)

    10. Ukraine needs to decide its strategic alignment - Jeffrey Simon (formerly Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Strategic Studies, National Defence University)


    Dimitrios Triantaphyllou is Director General of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) in Athens, and Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece.