Security in the Black Sea Region: The Role of the UK and Romania

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A Round Table Discussion with Simona Cojocaru, State Secretary and Chief of Defence Policy Planning and International Relations, Ministry of Defence, Romania


The Black Sea region is central to European security. The region experienced decades of simmering conflicts even before Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, as the Kremlin sought to establish a sphere of privileged influence over countries in the region and limit their integration into Euro-Atlantic structures. Responding to this instability and conflict and Russia’s attempts to use a variety of non-military and military instruments to advance its goals, both NATO and the European Union are devoting increasing attention and resources to the region.

In this roundtable discussion, Mrs Simona Cojocaru, the State Secretary and Chief of Defence Policy Planning at the Romanian Ministry of Defence, will discuss her country’s regional security priorities, and outline her country’s aspirations for the deepening of the bilateral security agenda with the United Kingdom.

The event is open to all but requires prior registration. Please note that this RUSI round-table will take place at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square; details of the venue’s precise location will be sent together with confirmations of registration.

Speaker's Biography

  • Simona Cojocaru

    Mrs Cojocaru is State Secretary and Chief of Defence Policy Planning and International Relations, Ministry of Defence, Romania. She has spent more than a decade in various senior policy positions within the Romanian MOD. Beforehand, she served on the Permanent Delegation of Romania to NATO.


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