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U.S. Defense and Security Engagement in the Black Sea Region

October 28, 2021 • 4:30 – 5:15 pm EDT

Please join CSIS for a conversation on Secretary of Defense Austin’s visits to Georgia, Ukraine, and Romania last week and regional security dynamics in the Black Sea region. The Black Sea’s strategic location makes it critical to the security of NATO’s south eastern flank and to stability in the Greater Mediterranean region. Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine, military presence in Georgia, and buildup of its military capabilities in the Black Sea has undermined both of these. Fundamentally, both Russia and NATO see the region as key to securing their interests and projecting power beyond it. How can the United States work with its allies and partners in the region to better ensure their security and counter Russian influence? Laura Cooper, PTDO Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs joins Rachel Ellehuus, CSIS Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program, for an in-depth discussion on this topic.

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Rachel Ellehuus

Laura Cooper

PTDO Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs