Black Sea Security Engagement: Romania’s Role as the South Eastern European Strategic Anchor

The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest

Black Sea Security Engagement: Romania’s Role as the South Eastern European Strategic Anchor

Held at the University of Bucharest, Bd. Schitu Magureanu 9, sector 1, București

8 April 2019

This event will take place on the 8th of April, 16.00-19.00, Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9), sector 5, Bucharest.

ICUB Bucharest is organizing a special panel dedicated to the analysis of the strategic, economic and political parameters of the current trends in the Back Sea Area, with a special emphasis on Romania’s role as a strategic anchor.

Located at the confluence of the Western, Orthodox and Muslim worlds, the wider Black Sea is a region of considerable geo-political importance.  The panel will emphasize regional security as defined by the military balance, economic growth and governance issues. A central theme will be the role of energy in the area and how this has shaped the broader Black Sea security dynamic. The discussion will focus on Romania’s strategic position as NATO’s South Eastern anchor, and how this is becoming increasingly important in light of Russian expansionism and Turkey’s drift from its traditional Western focus. Even more compelling is how the presence of oil and gas has thrust the Black Sea into the world’s view and contributed to the rush of external interest. Ultimately, long-term regional stability is dependent on a secure and prosperous Romania, deeply entrenched in the Trans-Atlantic Alliance.

The panel will be based on presentation by Arnold C. Dupuy (Virginia Polytechnic and George Mason University) followed by comments made by General (Ret). Constantin Degeratu, Professor Marian Zulean (University of Bucharest) and General (Ret). Mihai Ionescu, and an open discussion with the public moderated by Professor Dragos Paul Aligica (University of Bucharest and George Mason University).


Arnold C. Dupuy, studied at National Defense University, Virginia Polytechnic and George Mason University where he currently teaches International Relations. His background includes the Institute for National Security Studies, Bundeswher University and Senior Analyst with Analytic Services specialized in energy security, wider Black Sea and Trans-Atlantic relations, critical infrastructure protection and expeditionary operations. Twenty years of military experience (active and reserve status), he is experienced in staff procedures at the tactical levels, as well as practice of the Secretary of Defense and the Army Staff, design and implementation of computerized combat simulation scenarios. He has participated in Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. Bronze Star Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Constantin Degeratu, a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, retired four-star general, his background includes tenure as Senior Security and Defense Advisor to the President of Romania, Chief of Staff for General Defense of the Romania Armed Forces, and Secretary General of Ministry of Defense. He worked as a Professor of Central-European Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, lectured at the Harriman Institute for War and Peace at Columbia University, New York University and Georgetown University. His area of expertise and research encompasses security assessment national security strategy formulation, defense planning, strategic, operational and tactical leadership, international and European security (Central, Eastern and South-East Europe; South Caucasus, Black Sea, the Mediterranean Region and the Middle East), critical infrastructure protection, Russian studies, and economic, energy and business security.

Marian Zulean, a graduate of University of Pittsburgh (MPPIA), PhD in Sociology (University of Bucharest) and a postdoctoral Fulbright Fellowship (University of Maryland) is a Professor habil. at the University of Bucharest. He is the coordinator of the social science department at the Institute for Advanced Research-University of Bucharest (ICUB), has been a vice-dean for research at the Faculty of Public Administration and Business (2012-2016) and an adviser with the Office of the President (2001-2006). His area of expertise includes the policy analysis, international security, foresight and civil-military relations. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Political and Military Sociology. He received the “Military Virtue” Award in rank of Chevalier for the integration of Romania in NATO.

Mihail E. Ionescu is professor at the Department of International Relations, SNSPA, since 1992. Since 2004, he is retired major general. He was Head of The Integration Direction of Integration NATO/UEO of the Ministry of National Defense ( 1997-2000) and since  the year 2000 he is director of the Institute of Political Sciences of Defense and Military History with the MoD Bucharest Between  2005 and  2012  he was   co-chair of the Working Group for the Greater  Black Sea Area  with the Partnership for Peace Consortium of  Military Academies and Security Studies Institutes developing yearly  projects with the countries of this region . Publications: “ Black Sea. From from the Byzantine lake to the challenges of the XX Century” (coord.) and “Security and Stability in the Black Sea basin in the post-Cold War Era” in Black Sea. From the Byzantine Lake to the challenges of the XX Century”. Since 2003 he  is the editor in chief of the quarterly review ” Monitor Strategic”.

Organizers: Professor Marian Zulean (University of Bucharest) and Professor Dragos Paul Aligica (University of Bucharest and George Mason University).

Venue: University of Bucharest Bd. Schitu Magureanu 9, sector 1, București
Public Transportation: Mihail Kogalniceanu – 61, 66, 90, 90, 601. Metro – Statia Izvor

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