The Ukrainian conference will be the sixth annual gathering of alumni and regional experts affiliated with Harvard’s Black Sea Security Program, which takes place every April at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Prior conferences took place in Yalta, Ukraine (2002), Baku, Azerbaijan (2003), Batumi, Georgia (2004), Chisinau, Moldova (2005) and Bucharest, Romania (2006).  The primary missions are: 1) to provide a forum for senior regional experts to discuss critical security issues pertaining to the Black Sea region, 2) to strengthen and expand the regional network initiated by the Black Sea Security Program and US Department of Defence, and 3) to involve US general officers and policy makers in dialogue about security in the Black Sea region. 





23  September, Sunday


Arrival of participants to Kiev to Borispol International Airport

Buses will take participants to Hotel Lybid (


19:0021:00       Ice breaker at Hotel Lybid



24 September, Monday


07:30 – 08:30       Breakfast at Restaurant of Hotel Lybid

08:30 – 09:00       In route to Defense Academy


9:00 – 9:25             Opening remarks:

Ukrainian Senior officer TBD

Sergei Konoplyov, Director, Harvard Black Sea Security Program


Ukrainian presentations

9:25 – 9:50

Reforms in Armed Forces of Ukraine

MoD Speaker


9:50 – 10:15

Foreign Policy of Ukraine

MFA Speaker


10:15 – 10:30

Security Challenges in Ukraine

National Security Council Speaker


10:30 – 11: 00      Discussion

11:00 – 11:30       Coffee break


11:30 – 12:15

U.S. Policies and Efforts toward WMD Regional Interdiction and non-proliferation

EUCOM Senior Briefer


12:15 – 13:15

Countries comments on US Policy focusing on the following points:

1.   What do you feel the WMD and Regional Security issues are and aren't? Why?

2.   State and structure of your countries Border Security?  Good? Bad? What are the issues? Why?

3.   What do you think the current WMD threat and Challenges are?

4.   What are your recommendations of what we can do within the region to combat WMD traffic?

5.   What is the scope, complications, and elements of WMD proliferation - human trafficking, organized crime, cross criminal / terrorist activity?

6.   Implications of other nuclear players or potential players: India / Pakistan, China, N. Korea, Iran?

7.   Issues with the use of peaceful nuclear energy - the threats and future growth viability of this energy source.

8.   Thoughts on BIO as next WMD threat.

9.   China growth concerns / India?

10. Civilian energy concerns - Oil economies threats to disruption and repercussions with supply disruption.

11. WMD shopping statistics / assessments of terrorists.

12. Macro implications of global mass migration / disease / economic changes / ideological friction.


13:15 – 14:45       Lunch at the Officers Mess at the Defense Academy


14:50 - 15:20

Energy Security in Wider Black Sea

Vladimir Socor


15:20 – 15:50

Security priorities in the Black Sea/Caspian Sea Region. The Role of Russia

James Sherr


15:50 – 16:20       Discussion


16:30 – 17:00       In route to Hotel Lybid


18:30 – 19:00       In route to Reception


19: 00 - 21:00       Reception offered by Ukrainian Minister of Defense


21:00 – 21:30       In route to Hotel Lybid


25 September, Tuesday


07:30 – 08:30       Breakfast at Restaurant of Hotel Lybid

08:30 – 09:00       In route to Defense Academy


Counties presentations:


9:00 – 9:20

Armenia: Cooperation with Western Security Systems: NATO, OSCE



9:20 – 9:40

Azerbaijan: Trans-Caspian Cooperation; Western Security Integration; Iran



9:40 – 10:00

Bulgaria: New NATO membership; role of NATO/PfP in the Black Sea.



10:00 – 10:20

Greece: The relations of the European Union with the Black Sea Countries



10:20 – 10: 40

Georgia: Security Challenges in the Caucasus



10:40 – 11:10       Coffee break


11:10 – 12:10

Moldova: security implications of the unresolved Transdnistria situation on the region; Efforts to curb transnational threats.



12:10 – 12:30

Russia: Russian policy in the Black Sea Region



12:30 – 13:00       Discussion


13:00- 14:30         Lunch at the Officers Mess at the Defense Academy


14:30- 14:50

Romania: Foreign Policy of Romania in Black Sea



14:50 – 15:20

Turkey: status of Black sea security organizations (BLACKSEAFOR, etc.); analysis of threat environment and effects on the Black Sea region.



15:20 – 15:50

GUAM:  The Role of International Cooperation

Valeriy Chechelashvili


15:50 – 16:30       Discussion


16:30 – 16:50        Closing Remarks

Lt. Gen. Tad Oelstrom, Director, National Security program, Harvard University

Ukrainian Senior Officer


16:50 - 17:20        In route to Hotel Lybid


18: 30 – 19:00      In route to US Ambassador Residence


19:00 – 21:00       Reception offered by US Ambassador to Ukraine celebrating 10th Anniversary of Harvard Ukrainian National Security Program (Ukrainian Alumni are invited)




26 September, Wednesday


07:30 – 09:30       Breakfast at Restaurant of Hotel Lybid

10:00                    City tour TBD


18:00                    Dinner


27 September, Thursday


07:30 – 09:30       Breakfast at Restaurant of Hotel Lybid


09:30        Checkout and departure of participants.



Tentative list of participants (blue – confirmed)



  1. General-Major Armen Darbinian, Head of Department, National Security Service
  2. General-Major Semion Akopyan, Adviser to the Minister of Defense
  3. LTC Nikolay Avetisyan, Deaputy Head of Foreign Relations and Military Cooperation Department, MoD



  1. Ambassador Fuad Iskenderov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan in the Netherlands
  2. Ambassador Ilgar Gurbanov, Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. Captain Arif Mazanov, Head of Navy observation section of Naval Forces



  1. Colonel Roumen Kondev, State Expert, International Cooperation Directorate, MoD



  1. Mr. Levan Nikolaishvili, First Deputy Minister of Defense 
  2. Mr. Nikoloz Vashakidze, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  3. Ambassador Grigol Katamadze, Ambassador of Georgia to Ukraine
  4. Col. Archil Tsintsadze, Counselor,  Embassy of Georgia in Kiev



  1. Lt.Cdr  Kleanthis Kyriakidis, Plans & Policy Department, General Staff, Hellenic Navy
  2. Mr. Dimitri Triantaphyllou, Director General, International Center for Black Sea Studies 



  1. Mr. Alexander Genchov, Advisor to Minister of Defense



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