Security in the Black Sea Region. Shared challenges, sustainable future – the 5th edition Outcome

The 5th edition of the international training program Security in the Black Sea Region. Shared challenges, sustainable future, took place between 28th and 31st of May, 2018. The anniversary edition represented, taking into consideration organizational standards, progress and follow-up, a benchmark in the development of the program as a fully-developed one.

SBSR has already become a traditional event, an international mark of two universities, Harvard University, which initiated the program in 1997 and the ”Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy, the Romanian successor.

Like the previous editions, SBSR 2018 was addressed to the public leadership sector, to academia and to diplomatic representatives, to security experts, intelligence practitioners, representatives from ministries of defence and external affairs from the Black Sea Region, USA and the European state partners, featuring over 80 participants and lecturers, following all along the core principles of the original program.

The main themes approached during this edition have been clustered together under the main subject of interest for the states from this region – The Future of the Black Sea Region: Gamechangers and Predictors. The agenda was adapted to the current geopolitical developments and trends, thus building a complex picture consisting of hybrid threats, state resilience, fake news and disinformation, strategic rationale and policy strategic planning. These elements were complemented with a workshop provided by Peregrine Leadership Institute, entitled Value-based leadership in the BSR.

The roundtables were followed by five sessions of interactive exercises, aiming at building forecast scenarios for the Black See Region’s development, as well as formulating policy recommendations, based on pre-established dimensions: political and economic, social and cultural, national and regional security.

The outcome of the three teams, as well as the Background paper used to contextualize the process of scenario building can be found here: SBSR 2018 Outcome.

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