To our participants

The 2017 edition of the Security in the Black Sea Region. Shared Challenges, Sustainable Future Program (SBSR) is aimed to bring together in an interactive and collaborative format – including lectures, debates, applied scenario making and problem solving exercises – policy makers, academia, security experts and foreign affairs officials from the Black Sea Region and their strategic partners.

The SBSR program is organised under the high patronage of the Romanian Presidential Administration, by the Romanian Intelligence Service’s “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy, in partnership with Harvard University and the National Intelligence University (NIU), US.


The 2017 edition of the Program is dedicated to the theme: “(Con) Tested power continuities in the Black Sea Region” and it brings into focus the new ecologies of power developed around the diverging interest of the actors in the region. The main goal of the 2017 edition 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 actually be mapped, understood an integrated into a specific toolkit of policymaking strategies in the benefit of all actors 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.


The dynamic format provides academics, policymakers and practitioners with the right framework in which create authentic communication and vision. The challenging set of scenario making tools and alternative exercises, that represent 70% of the actual program fosters and encourages communication skills, collaborative work, strategy making and the creation of an integrated, multilevel, transdisciplinary vision and knowledge on the topics discussed.

Looking Ahead

All participants in the program will become part of a distinguished community of alumni and platform where ideas are debated, strategies are created and innovation is encouraged. They will also have the chance to become in their turn speakers in the program and therefore influence the vision and developed of the next generation of experts, practitioners and policy makers sharing a common vision for the development of the Black Sea Region.

Program format


The program is traditionally opened by the Presidency in a ceremony attended by all participants.


Program agenda

WELCOME COCKTAIL – May 28th, 19:00 hours

Politics and policies


Opening session:

Framing partnership(s) and conflict in the BSR: actors, roles, dynamics

 Other speakers in the opening panel:

Director of the SRI, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defense, NATO representative, Harvard University representative

DEBATE                                                                                                                     EXERCISE SESSIONS



(Dis)Continuities in the Black Sea Region. Power projection, attribution and control

May 29 14:00-15:30

Exercise Session 1:

Actors and mechanisms of cooperation


  1. Debate:

Rethinking strategies for peace building

May 29 17:00-18:30

Exercise Session 2

Convergent & divergent interests:  local, regional, European  

Security strategy and practice  

  1. Debate

New ecologies of conflict – what’s at stake?

May 30 10:30-12:00

Exercise Session 3

Mapping hybrid conflict resolution (2012-2016)


  1. Debate

Democracy – defining and refining the practice of community  

May 30 14:30-16:00

Exercise Session 4

Factors dis(favoring) community empowerment

Culture, communication & identity politics

  1. Debate

Representations of majorities, minorities and identity politics. The narrative and the secretive.

May 31 10:30-12:00

Exercise Session 5

Converging and diverging identity politics


  1. Debate

Performing identities and communities – whose story the (new) media tells

May 31 14:30-16:00

Exercise Session 6

Constituting identities – the role of traditional and new media


  1. Working session

Toolkit preparation  

Teams 1-3

Participants June 1st Teamwork

  1. Working session

Toolkit presentation

Teams 1-3

Participants June 1st Teams present toolkit
13:00 – 13:30

Closing remarks

Harvard, NIU, ANIMV

Plenary June 1st

  1. Closing ceremony
Plenary June 1st Winner team award

Diploma ceremony

Cultural Fun Tour
16:00 – 18:00

  1. Culture Fun Tour  – Old City
9:00 – 17:00

  1. Culture Fun Tour & Picnic:

Athenaeum and Mogosoaia Palace

Participants June 2nd

SBSR Program Contact Information