Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Tug-of-War in the Black Sea: Defending NATO’s Eastern Flank

Tug-of-War in the Black Sea: Defending NATO’s Eastern Flank

| Eurasia Program

About the Event

The greater Black Sea region has become more complex than ever before. Deepening great power competition over this vital space connecting Europe and Asia that has the Black Sea states engaged in a perpetual tug-of-war. As the region takes an increasingly anti-democratic turn and Russia’s military presence expands in the Black Sea and the South Caucasus, threats to Western strategic interests only deepen. What should the West do to prevent further strategic losses in the region? How can the transatlantic community more effectively push back on the continued assaults on western values in Europe’s east?  Join FPRI and the Atlantic Council of Georgia as we explore these issues.  

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General Ben Hodges

General Ben Hodges - Gen. Ben Hodges served as Commander, NATO Allied Land Command from 2012-2014. His most recent operational assignment was as Director of Operations, Regional Command South, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Batu Kutelia

Batu Kutelia - Ambassador Batu Kutelia is a Senior Fellow in FPRI's Eurasia Program. He is a member of the board at the Atlantic Council of Georgia and a Next Generation Leader Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

Vasil Sikharulidze

Vasil Sikharulidze - Ambassador Vasil (Dato) Sikharulidze is a Senior Fellow in FPRI's Eurasia Program. He is a former Georgian Ambassador to the US and former Minister of Defense.

Linas Linkevičius

Linas Linkevičius - Linas Linkevičius has been the minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Lithuania since December 2012. Earlier in 2012, he had been appointed ambassador to Belarus.

Maia Otarashvili

Maia Otarashvili - Maia Otarashvili is the Director of the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.