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The Black Sea Security 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 bring together leading policy makers in the Black Sea region with senior US officers to gain a deeper under standing of issues affecting the region and to encourage problem solving in areas of common interest. The program involves representatives from ten regional countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. A high-level delegation of general officers from the United States also participates.
The program aims to:
- deepen participants' understanding of global and regional strategy, defense organization, and military reform and restructuring;
- identify the very broad common areas of agreement that exist among the Black Sea nations and expose their officials and the US participants to the strong common history and shared values of the region;
- highlight the specific areas of current cooperation on issues of vital interest to these countries and, at the same time, identify those issues which divide them and present challenges to regional cooperation;
- expose the Black Sea officials to the free flow of ideas inherent in the pluralistic American system and within the US national security community itself by engaging them with policy makers who represent a wide range of viewpoints.
The 2006 Black Sea Security Program took place April 6-14, hosting 22 regional representatives and 13 Americans. The regional delegation began the program in Athens, Greece on April 6 with a seminar on regional security concerns organized by the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense. The group arrived at Harvard on April 8, where participants united with their American counterparts for an intense six-day curriculum at the Kennedy School of Government.
The next program will occur on 16-28 April 2007 in Zagreb (Croatia), Stuttgart (Germany) and Cambridge (USA)
Published with the support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.