The Black Sea region lies at the geopolitical fault line between Western Europe, Russia and China to the East, and Iran and Syria in the South. Today, the Black Sea is a hotbed of great power competition. While Russia continues to militarize the region in order to project power into the Middle East, China is building inroads through Black Sea countries to access European markets. Stability and conflict resolution in the Black Sea depends largely on United States presence, but U.S. policies in the region vary from passive observer to committed ally.
In Frontier Europe Initiative's new briefing book, entitled Election 2020: The Future of U.S.-Black Sea Relations, MEI scholars and external contributors identify key issues across the region, highlight U.S. interests at stake, and provide policy insights and recommendations for the path forward. The book serves as a contribution to the broader discussion about the challenges and opportunities for U.S. policy in the region.