in the round-table discussion on “Challenges and Opportunities in the Black Sea Region. Contribution of International Organizations to Enhancing Regional Stability”

12 November 2004, Bucharest, Venue: Cercul Militar

1. Mr. Mensur AKGUN, Director of Foreign Policy Program, Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation;

2. Mr. Ron ASMUS, Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States;

3. Ms. Leila ALIEVA, President, Center for National and International Studies, Azerbaijan;

4. Mr. Sergiu BURCA, President, Asociaюia Euro-Atlantica din Moldova;

5. Amb. Sergiu CELAC, Alternate General Director, International Center for Black Sea Studies, Athens;

 6. Mr. Nicolae CHIRTOACГ, Director, Centrul Euro-Atlantic din Moldova;

7. Amb. Doru COSTEA, Romanian Permanent Representative to the UN, Romanian Permanent Delegation to the UN, Geneva;

8. Mr Erik Ph. G. DYBWAD, Adviser, European Department, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

9. Mr. Mihai GRIBINCEA, Political Adviser, High Commissioner for National Minorities, OSCE;

10. Mr. Kestutis JANKAUSKAS, Director, Security Policy Department,

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania

11. Mr. Sergei KONOPLYOV, Director, Harvard Black Sea Security Program;

12. Mr. Jozef KUNIC, President, Slovenian Association for International Relations;

13. Mr. Irakli MENAGARISHVILI, Vice-president, Georgian Foundation for Strategic & Int. Studies

14. Mr. Jerry MILAM, Deputy Political Advisor, SACEUR;

15. Mr. Igor MUNTEANU, Executive Director, Institute for Development and Social Initiatives;

16. Mr. Liviu MURESAN, Chairman, EURISC Foundation, Romania

17. Ms. Gayane NOVIKOVA, Director, Center for Strategic Analysis SPECTRUM;

18. Mr. Adrian POP, Defence Expert, Romanian Academic Society;

19. Mr. Chris PREBENSEN, Secretary General, The Norwegian Atlantic Committee;

20. Amb. Vladimir PRYAKHIN, Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, OSCE;

21. Mr. Victor RONCEA, Editor, “Ziua” Newspaper;

22. Mr. Marc SCHEUER, Director Political Advice and Cooperation, Directorate-General of political Affairs, Council of Europe;

23. Mr. Vasile SECARES, Rector, National School of Political and Administrative Studies;

 24. Mr. Vladimir SOCOR, Fellow, Jamestown Foundation;

25. Mr. Alex SERBAN, Executive President, Euro Atlantic Council Romania – Casa NATO;

26. Dr. Sergii TOLSTOV, Director, Institute for Political Analysis and International Studies;

27. Mr. Radu TUDOR, Analyst, Jane’s Defense;

28. Mr. Grigorios VASSILOCONSTANDAKIS, Counselour of Embassy MFA/GR, Defence Planning and Policy Division, Defence Cooperation Section

29. Ms. Lusine YEREMYAN, Board Member, Armenian Atlantic Association.


“Challenges and Opportunities in the Black Sea region. Contribution of international organizations to enhancing regional stability”

11 - 12 November 2004, Bucharest, Venue: The National Military Club (Cercul Militar National), Entrance from the Constantin Mille Street, “Alba Iulia” Room, 3rd Floor


Arrival of the participants

19:15 Departure Best Western;

19:20 Departure Minerva;

19:30 Informal reception offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania for the participants in the Black Sea seminar

Venue: Select Restaurant


8:00 Departure Best Western;

8:15 Departure Minerva;

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and coffee

9:00 – 10:00 Opening Session: Why the Black Sea region?

- The identity of the Black Sea region

- Black Sea region’s place on the international scene

- Objectives of the seminar

Opening introductions:

Alex Serban, Executive President, Casa NATO, Chris Prebensen, Secretary General, the Norwegian Atlantic Committee


George Ciamba, State Secretary for Global Affairs, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 Key – note speaker: Vladimir Socor

Session 1

10:00 – 12:00 The security environment in the Black Sea region

Moderator: Sergei Konoplyov, US

Discussant leaders: Leila Alieva, Azerbaidjan; Gayane Novikova, Armenia; Mensur Akgun, Turkey; Igor Munteanu, R. Moldova; Liviu Muresan, Romania

Open debates

12:00 – 13:15 Buffet Lunch in the Restaurant of the Military Circle

Session 2

13:30 – 15:30 The Black Sea region, the new neighbour of NATO and the EU. How could NATO and the EU add value to the existing international and regional efforts to enhance stability and democracy in the Black Sea region?

Moderator: Alex Serban

Discussant Leaders: Amb. V. Pryakhin, Head of the OSCE Mission in Yerevan (TBC); Mihai Gribincea; Marc Scheuer; Jerry Milam; Amb. Doru Costea; Amb. Sergiu Celac ; Kestutis Jankauskas ; EU (TBD)

Open debates

15:30 – 15:50 Coffee Break

Session 3

15:50 – 17:15 Conclusions. Next steps

Moderator: Chris Prebensen/Alex Serban

Concluding remarks: Ronald Asmus; Vladimir Socor; Mircea Geoana, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania (TBC)

17:15 Launching of the book “A New Euro-Atlantic Strategy for the Black Sea Region”, edited by the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Host: Doru Frunzulica, President of IRSI (The Romanian Institute of International Studies)

Key note speakers: Mircea Geoana, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania; Ron Asmus, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund; Vladimir Socor, Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation

Reception offered by IRSI with participation of the diplomatic corps, mass-media, academic community in Bucharest; The Romanian Military Club, Byzantine Hall, Constantin Mille Street


10:00 – 12:30 (optional) Visits to the House of Parliament and to the Museum of Romanian Peasant


Casa NATO Event: International Seminar on Stability in the Black Sea Region

On November 12, 2004, Casa NATO – The Euro-Atlantic Council of Romania ( and the Norwegian Atlantic Committee, with the support of NATO's Public Diplomacy Division, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defense, organize the seminar entitled “Challenges and opportunities in the Black Sea region. Contribution of international organizations to enhancing regional stability”.

George Ciamba, Secretary of State for Global Affairs in the MFA, Sorin Encutescu, Secretary of State in the MoD, and Vladimir Socor, journalist at the prestigious newspaper Wall Street Journal Europe and analyst at the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, will hold speeches in the opening session of the seminar. The press will have access to this session between 9:00 and 10:00. It will take place in the Alba Iulia Hall of the National Military Circle, entrance from Constantin Mille street.

 Alongside the hosts of the event, Alexandru Serban, Casa NATO Executive President, and Chris Prebensen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Atlantic Committee, the seminar will be attended by Ronald Asmus, US Political analyst from the German Marshall Fund, Irakli Menagarishvili, former Foreign Affairs Minister of Georgia, Sergei Konoplyov, Director of Harvard Black Sea Security Program, other specialists from the Black Sea region, Europe and the US, as well as representatives of the OSCE, NATO, UN and the Council of Europe.

Casa NATO – The Euro-Atlantic Council of Romania and the Norwegian Atlantic Committee are members of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA), an organization reuniting 38 national non-governmental associations dedicated to promoting democratic values, cooperation in the field of security and the role of transatlantic cooperation through activities concerning education, information and research. This year, ATA marks 50 years of activity.

The event constitutes a contribution of Casa NATO and the Norwegian Atlantic Committee in the field of academic debates on the Black Sea region, aiming at emphasizing the strategic and security relevance of this area, which lies in the direct proximity of the Euro-Atlantic community. Over this year, both the EU and NATO have displayed their interest in the Black Sea region: the EU has included the Southern Caucasus area in its neighborhood policy (European Neighbourhood Policy). At the NATO Summit in Istanbul, the Alliance has acknowledged the importance of the Black Sea region for the Euro-Atlantic security and manifested its willingness to define an action identity of its own, with a view to consolidating regional stability.

Participation in this event is possible only by invitation.

For immediate release

Contact: Gabriela Varveri

Phone: +4021.233.92.73

Fax: +4021.233.92.74


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