The completion of the fourth edition of the international training program “Security in the Black Sea Region. Shared challenges, Sustainable future”

“Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy is proud to announce the end of the fourth edition of the international training program “Security in the Black Sea Region. Shared challenges, Sustainable future”, organized in partnership with Harvard University and the National Intelligence University (US), under the auspices of the Romanian Presidential Administration. This year, we celebrated 20 years of international and multilateral training dedicate to the Black Sea region, for SBSR program has taken over and developed the philosophy, mission and objectives of the Black Sea Security regional program initiated by Harvard University.

The lectures, the debates as well as the cultural and social events took place in Bucharest from May 28th to June 2nd, 2017, with more than 70 participants from 14 countries from the Black Sea region, as well as from partner countries with an interest in the area. Representatives of the European and NATO forums also accepted our invitation to take part in the program, bringing complementary perspectives to the table.

The themes addressed were presented by renowned experts within six panels and later debated and deepened in six exercise sessions. The exercises were organized in an academic, interactive and dynamic format, with small multinational teams acting as promoters of different points of view and approaches. The themes discussed were:

  1. (Dis)Continuities in the Black Sea Region. Power projection, attribution and control;
  2. Rethinking strategies for peace building;
  3. New ecologies of conflict – what’s at stake?;
  4. Democracy – defining and refining the practice of community;
  5. Representations of majorities, minorities and identity politics.The narrative and the secretive;
  6. Performing identities and communities – whose story the (new) media tells.

The dynamic format gave researchers, policymakers and practitioners the proper framework for authentic communication, but also for creating a sustainable vision based on the principle of common welfare in the region. The challenges of the exercise sessions, which involved the formulation of policy recommendations, have been overcome by developing strategies and shaping integrated trans-disciplinary visions on the discussed topics.

The main speakers, together with all the participants, are now part of a distinct community of alumni and members of a platform where ideas are discussed, strategies are created and pragmatic innovation is encouraged. Together, we have created and consolidated the next generation of experts and practitioners who share a common vision on the development of the Black Sea region.

We have extracted brief opinions from the presentations of our experts and we wish to share these with those interested in the development of the Black Sea region, or in matters of intelligence, security or international relations.

Critical times require like-minded partners.

Alexandru Victor Micula, State Secretary

for political analysis and Parliament relation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

NATO considers the Black Sea Region a very strategic area for the security of the Alliance.

General Nicolae-Ionel CIUCĂ, the Chief of Staff of the Ministery of National Defence

 

NATO’s focus on Black Sea security evolved from immediate response, after Crimea, to enduring stance, by persistent ally presence.

Diego Ruiz PALMER, Special Advisor to the NATO Secretary General for Economics and Security

 

In order to understand digital propaganda, we should answer the following questions:

What we know of the new phenomenon?

What we’ve started to know?

What we don’t know?

What we should know?

Cornel Bjola, Associate Professor Diplomatic Studies, St. Cross College, University of Oxford

 

There is no East – West dichotomy. The difference is in manner, not in kind.

Cristian Norocel, Ethnic Relations and Nationalism Centre, University of Helsinki

 

 

Address by the Deputy Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service, Colonel Cristian BIZADEA, during the opening ceremony of the fourth edition of the international program “Security in the Black Sea Region. Shared challenges, sustainable future”

 

SBSR – 2017 edition is approaching

The fourth edition of SBSR organized by the Romanian Intelligence Service, through the “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy, in partnership with Harvard University and the National Intelligence University (US), under the high patronage of the Romanian Presidency, will take place between May, 28 – June, 2.

The program has continued and developed the philosophy, mission and objectives of the Black Sea Security regional program, initiated by Harvard University 16 years ago. SBSR is an interactive and collaborative platform, addressing participants responsible for developing a sustainable future and ensuring the security of the Black Sea Region. This edition will bring together approximately 70 participants and speakers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Great Britain, Germany, Serbia, United States, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine, as well as EU and NATO high-ranking officials. Representatives from most prestigious universities, such as Harvard University, Oxford University, George Washington University, University of York, University of Helsinki, will take part and contribute to the lectures and interactive exercises.

With this year’s theme, (Con)tested power continuities in the Black Sea Region, the new ecologies of power, developed around the diverging interests of the actors in the region, will be the subject of debates.

The opening ceremony will be attended by the Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service, Mr. Eduard Hellvig, the Director of the Eurasia Security Program (Harvard University), Mr. Sergei Konoplyov, the Chief of Staff of the Ministery of National Defence, general Nicolae-Ionel CIUCĂ, the state secretary for political analysis and Parliament relation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mr. Alexandru Victor Micula, the Deputy Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service, colonel Cristian Bizadea, and the Presidential Counselor, Mr. Ion Oprișor, as well as representatives of national and international academic institutions.

 

Attend SBSR training program

The SBSR program has been developed on the philosophy, mission and goals of the regional Black Sea Security Program, initiated by Harvard University 15 years ago, with the main purpose to foster the exchange of ideas and good practices for the effective management of regional threats. The current program also has the mission to promote regional actors’ responsibility and initiative in approaching security challenges specific to the Black Sea region.

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SBSR 2017 edition

The 2017 edition of the SBSR program brings into focus new ecologies of power developed around the diverging interests of actors in the region. The main goal is to create the right framework in which the social, economic, security, cultural and identity issues at stake for sustainable partnership and understanding in the region can be mapped, understood and integrated into a specific toolkit of policymaking strategies in the benefit of all actors within the Black Sea Region, as well as their strategic partners.

The novelty that this year’s edition brings consists of the highly interactive and practical oriented format. Each main theme is approached through an extensive 1 hour academic debate between two reputed scholars, followed by a Q&A session, a practical, interactive and dynamic exercise and last but not least, the creation of a toolkit of policymaking strategies with which each participant will have a chance to promote his/her perspective.

In order to enroll in the program, please send your resume and a letter of application outlining the reasons for wanting to attend the course to sbsr@dcti.ro .

 

Important dates:

The deadline for receiving applications -15th of April

Notification of acceptance – 1st of May.

Our new team members

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