Shedding Light on the Black Sea – Keeping an Eye on the Geopolitical Ball

Eye on the Geopolitical Ball

Peace, Security & Defence

Right now, the world is reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Forward-thinking is focused on the social and economic fallout from the pandemic, and the present priority is to stop the spread of the virus. However, although attentions are elsewhere, the geopolitical ball has not stopped rolling. While governments and the news cycle are distracted by this global health crisis, pre-existing conflicts and security issues have not disappeared. Some have even been further exacerbated by the COVID crisis. This new video series, hosted by Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe, aims to shed light on issues that have been overshadowed by this crisis. The emphasis is on concerns that existed pre-crisis and will continue to exist after, with the potential to cause further volatility in the geopolitical fault lines of an already destabilised world.

In this special edition of the weekly Keeping an Eye on the Geopolitical Ball, Jamie Shea and Paul Taylor, Senior Fellows at Friends of Europe, discuss the findings and recommendations of our recently published study, ‘Murky waters: the Black Sea region and European security’. In light of the current tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Taylor – author of the study – reflects on Moscow’s strategic interests in the region and on how NATO’s arguably empty promises of membership to Georgia and Ukraine might have doomed the region to rivalry and polarization for years to come.

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