Improving the Neighborhood
“Drastic security changes at Europe’s eastern and southern borders are strong evidence that the peace and security of Europe as we know it cannot be taken for granted and require a strong involvement of all member states. Europe’s immediate neighborhood is facing explicit challenges. In the East, problems include forcible change of internationally recognized borders, military buildup (especially in the Baltic and Black Sea regions) and the consolidation of the ring of protracted conflicts around the Black Sea, which also includes eastern Ukraine. In the South, the issues include porous borders, insufficient migration control, illegal trafficking, terrorism, nonstate actors, organized crime and lack of opportunity and institutional capacities.
The crisis in Ukraine has just added a new facet to a broader and deeper crisis, illustrated by the existence of protracted conflicts in Moldova, Georgia and the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, forming a ring of insecurity around the Black Sea. The Crimea episode wrecked a quarter century of efforts to build a consistent relationship between Russia and the West. The post-Crimea security environment poses long-term risks to Euro- Atlantic and European security by its lack of predictability and highlights the urgency to consolidate the eastern flank of NATO...”
Excerpt from Daniel Ionita and Laria Stoian, “Improving the Neighborhood,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 6, No. 3, 2015: 28-33.
Daniel Ionita, a career diplomat, is state secretary for strategic affairs at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that he served as Romanian ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Norway; director general for strategic affairs; and headed the NATO Department, which was later transformed into the Security Policy Department.
Laria Stoian, a career diplomat, is a counselor to the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Romania. Previously, she handled political and strategic affairs at the Romanian Embassy in Paris. She graduated from Toulouse Institute for Political Studies with a master’s in geopolitics and international relations and holds a bachelor’s degree in trade and marketing from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. She is an alumna of the Marshall Center’s Program in Advanced Security Studies.
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