The United States European Command and the Black Sea Security Program, Harvard University
Marriott Hotel, Munich (Schwabing), Germany
Since the end of the Cold War, radical systematic changes and geopolitical shifts in the Black Sea region have created instability, weakened nation-states, fostered unhealthy economic competition for hydrocarbon resources and a host of other transnational issues. New security threats both internal and external have emerged. These threats include a complicated network of terrorism, radical religious extremism, organized crime, human trafficking, illegal migration, money laundering, internal government corruption, narcotics and weapons smuggling. In addition, there are regions within the Black Sea states that are potential breeding grounds of instability. This conference is an effort to assist in ensuring a Black Sea region that is stable, secure, and economically prosperous, while strengthening the foundation of democratic principles.
PURPOSE & OBJECTIVES:
Engage countries in the Black Sea in an effort to expand opportunities, strengthen Euro-Atlantic ties and candidly discuss and explore practical ways of enhancing regional cooperative security. Survey current ‘soft’ security risks and threats to stability, their nature and the dynamics that sustain risks. Examine mechanisms, which enhance national and international cooperative responses to manage and subsequently serve to combat and diminish these threats.
60 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and the Ukraine. Participants will be primarily from the Ministries of Defense, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of the Interior and other appropriate government ministries and agencies.
The conference will include a series of moderated plenary sessions followed by break-out/workshop sessions. This conference will be conducted in Russian and English.
Phone: +49 (8821) 750-807
FAX: +49 (8821) 750-841
AGENDA (as of 22 October 2004)
SUNDAY, 05 DECEMBER
Speaker/Moderator Meeting: MC Plans Officer, speakers, moderators, facilitators and interpreters.
MONDAY, 6 DECEMBER
Dr. John C. Rose, Director, George C. Marshall Center.
Dr. Sergei Konoplynov, Director, BSSP/Harvard University.
Keynote Address: Ambassador J.D. Crouch, PhD., U.S. Ambassador to Romania. (inv)
Panel 1: What is Regional Cooperation and Why it is Indispensable
Moderator: Mr. Michael Martin, Marshall Center.
Speaker: Dr. Soner Cagaptay, Senior Fellow/Director, The Washington Institute, Turkey. (conf)
Panel 2: Contemporary Black Sea Transnational Issues
Moderator: Major Patrick Crabb, U.S. Army Attachй (FAO) to the Ukraine. (conf)
Speaker: Dr. Temuri Yakobashvili, Vice President, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, Georgia. (conf)
Panel 3: International Political Institutions and Regional Security
Moderator: Dr. Nicolae Chirtoaca, Director, Euro-Atlantic Center of Moldova, Moldova. (conf)
Speaker: Dr. Antje Herrberg, Director, Global Security, East-West Institute, Germany. (conf)
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Simon, National Defense University, USA. (conf)
Working Group’s Session I:
1 - How to engage countries in the Black Sea in an effort to expand opportunities, strengthen Euro-Atlantic ties in enhancing regional cooperative security. Germany (pending)
2 - Countering ‘soft’ security risks and threats to stability. Dr. Antje Herrberg, Germany. (conf)
3 - Identify mechanisms that enhance national and international cooperative responses to confront and diminish regional threats. Dr. Jeffrey Simon, National Defense University, USA. (conf)
4 - The role of national sovereignty in regional cooperation. Major Patrick Crabb, U.S. Army Attachй (FAO) to the Ukraine. (conf)
Reception – hosted by the Black Sea Security Program, Harvard
TUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2004
Panel 4: Counter Proliferation and its Challenges
Moderator: representative from Azerbaijan. (pending)
Speaker: Dr. Boris Andresyuk, National Security and Defense Committee, Parliament of Ukraine. (conf)
Panel 5: Crisis Management Cooperation in Regional Security: The BSEC Contribution to Regional Security and Stability.
Moderator: Colonel Bernhard Schulte Berge, Chief, Political and Military Affairs, German MoD. (conf)
Speaker: Mr. Papanicolaou, Director General International Center for Black Seas Studies, Greece. (conf)
George Marshall Center Orientation
Panel 6: Border & Maritime Security Issues
Moderator: Dr. Soner Cagaptay, Senior Fellow/Director The Washington Institute, Turkey. (conf)
Speaker: Dr. Vladimir Socor, Bradely Senior Fellow, Institute for Strategic and Political Studies. (conf)
Speaker: Rear Admiral Fikret Gunes, NATO Component Command South, Turkey. (conf).
Topic: NATO Vision on Maritime Security Issues in the Region
Working Group’s Session II: Conference Analysis and Recommendations.
1 - follow-on session II.
2 - follow-on session II.
3 - follow-on session II.
4 - follow-on session II.
WEDNESDAY, 8 DECEMBER 2004
Panel 7: The Portents of Partnership for Peace in Black Sea Regional Security
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Simon, National Defense University, USA. (conf)
Speaker: Dr. Vladislaw P. Sherstyuk, First Deputy Secretary, Security Council of the Russian Federation, Russia. (change pending)
Speaker: NATO speaker. Pending from NATO HQ. (tbd)
Panel 8: The Sine Qua Non of Future Regional Cooperation
Moderator: Dr. Yevhen Sharov, Advisor to the Director, National Institute for Strategic Studies, the Ukraine. (conf)
Speaker: Mr. Ovidiu Dranga, Deputy Secretary of State, Romanian Ministry of Defense, Romania. (conf)
Working Group’s Session III: Conference Analysis and Recommendations.
1 - follow-on session III.
2 - follow-on session III.
3 - follow-on session III.
4 - follow-on session III.
Presentation of Working Group’s Product
Dr. Sergei Konoplyov, Director, BSSP/Harvard University.
Dr. John C. Rose, Director, George C. Marshall Center.