Middle East Institute mei.edu 18 Oct, 2020 20:00 am

Protracted conflicts and security challenges in the Black Sea

Protracted conflicts and security challenges in the Black Sea
Protracted regional conflicts affect the security and stability of the Black Sea region in a number of ways, including through increased militarization, the growing influence of disinformation, and an absence of comprehensive domestic and regional peacebuilding policies.

Protracted regional conflicts affect the security and stability of the Black Sea region in a number of ways, including through increased militarization, the growing influence of disinformation, and an absence of comprehensive domestic and regional peacebuilding policies.Protracted conflicts in the Black Sea have led to a steady militarization of the region over the past decade, elevating the security threat beyond the littoral states.Russia is the only Black Sea regional power to nurture conflicts by employing the second approach, while other regional states, namely Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova, respond with the first.This is in contrast to the Black Sea, where Russian troops and weaponry are located on occupied territories in violation of international law.

The only foreign territories in the Black Sea where Russian troops are based and heavy weaponry is stationed are Crimea and the Donbas in Ukraine, Abkhazia and the South Ossetia/Tskhinvali region in Georgia, and Transnistria in Moldova.Conflicts make the Black Sea region particularly vulnerable to disinformation – an old security threat renewed with modern technologies and social media.

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