Economic Security and Development in the Black Sea Region
January 3, 2007
At a recent international conference in Washington, D.C., titled Economic Development and Security in the Black Sea Region the New European Democracies Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) assembled a prominent group of experts to examine economic and security issues affecting the Black Sea region. The Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIR) and General Dynamics sponsored the project, which provided a forum for participants to assess how regional cooperation among the Black Sea states can be increased through political, economic, and security instruments in the years ahead.
In addition, the conference examined U.S. and EU assistance in helping to meet the challenges the region now faces and considered proposals for enhancing this assistance. The implications for U.S. basing, energy security, the future of Europe’s Neighborhood Policy (ENP), and relations with Russia received special attention.