The program began in 2001 with the goal of encouraging a regional security system based on cooperation and integration. It is unique in its mission to gather together leading policy makers in the Black Sea region and senior US officers in order to gain a deeper understanding of issues affecting the region and to encourage problem solving in areas of common interest. The program invites representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.

This year’s event will host thirty regional representatives and approximately fifteen US representatives. The program begins on May 6 for regional participants, when they depart their home countries and travel to Stuttgart for briefings at US Command in Europe. On May 8 they will fly to London for one-day seminar at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). From London, the regional delegation travels to Harvard, where they unite with their American counterparts for ten days of intense academic study at the Kennedy School of Government. . On May 18 the regional participants travel to Washington, DC for meetings and discussions with a variety of security specialists at US Department of Defense, US Congress and National Security Council.

The Black Sea Security Program is funded by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, with additional support from the US Department of Defense.

For more information, please contact Program Director Sergei Konoplyov at (617) 495-8046 and sergei_konoplyov@harvard.edu

Updated information also is available at www.harvard-bssp.org.

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