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PONARS Eurasia, in cooperation with the Georgian Institute of Politics and Tbilisi State University, organized a semi-public discussion, “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Implications for Black Sea Security,” held on June 27th at Tbilisi State University.
Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine in 2022 triggered a reshaping of the entire security architecture in the Black Sea region and the whole of Europe. The discussion was focused on the following questions:
- How does the expert community perceive the changes to regional security?
- What are the lessons learned for the international and regional actors?
- What could be done to restore and maintain security in the Black Sea region?
- What is the role of NATO, the EU, and the US in this process?
Distinguished panel discussed possible scenarios, security frameworks, and risks, including: Tinatin Khidasheli (Director of Civic IDEA, Former Minister of Defense of Georgia), Polina Sinovets (Head of the Odesa Center for Nonproliferation (OdCNP), Associate Professor at Odesa I.I. Mechnikov National University), Andrey Makarychev (Professor, University of Tartu), and Erica Marat (Associate Professor, National Defense University, US). The discussion was moderated by David Szakonyi (Assistant Professor, George Washington University, a Co–Director of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia)).