Defining Europe's eastwards interests

12:00 - 13:30

The Iraq crisis has arguably done more than any other post-Cold War event to convince Europeans that their security is no longer a reflection of intra-European issues. But where are the potential flashpoints, and what range of responses may be required of European military or civilian capabilities? From the Balkans to the Black Sea and perhaps beyond the Caspian region, what are Europe’s economic and political interests, and how can protecting them be reconciled with the concerns of the US, Russia and regional powers like Turkey?


Oksana Antonenko , Programme Director , International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Russia and Eurasia

Sergei Konoplyov , Director Black Sea Security Program, Harvard University

Bogdan Mazuru , Ambassador, Delegation of Romania to NATO

Oleg Shamshur , Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine


13:30 - 14:30


Turan Morali , Director General for International Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

What role for regional security groups?

14:30 - 16:00

The EU and NATO enlargements have brought into much sharper focus potential trouble spots like Moldova and the Caucasus region. What are the chief security concerns of EU candidates like Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, and what influence should they have on the formulation of the CFSP? To what degree will Europe’s rising imports of oil and gas determine its interest in the stability of Central Asia? How can regional organisations like the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and the Turkish-inspired BlackSeafor naval initiative enhance security co-operation? What role should NATO play in building new security structures?


Mustafa Aydin , Associate Professor, International Relations, Ankara University

Oguz Demiralp , Ambassador, Mission of Turkey to the EU

Ovidiu Dranga , Director General, Ministry of Defence Romania

Yannis N. Papanicolaou , Director General , International Center for Black Sea Studies

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