Tracking Black Sea Security Issues

Igor Delanoe

Dr. Igor Delanoë holds a PhD in modern and contemporary history from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in Nice (France). His primary areas of research interest concern Russian defense and security issues, Russian interests in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East, and the geopolitics of Russia and post-Soviet space. During his post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University (JFK School of Government and Ukrainian Research Institute), he expanded his field of study to include US interests and security issues in the wider Black Sea area. He is a Research Affiliate at Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and at the Center for International and European Studies, Kadir Has University (Istanbul). PhD Dissertation: ‘The Russian Black Sea Fleet from Catherin the Great to Vladimir Putin: a Tool at the Service of Russian Ambitions in the Mediterranean (1783-2012)’. This blog tackles issues driving security and geopolitics of the wider Black Sea region.

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September 15, 2016

Longstanding relations between Moscow and the Kurds has provided Russia with a “Kurdish card”, that is, the ability to modulate its support to various Kurdish national ambitions throughout the Middle East, depending on what the Kremlin was…

April 27, 2016

Strategic goals and objectives   Last January, Romania initiated a proposal to create a permanent NATO naval task force in the Black Sea and Bucharest intends to discuss its project during the summit of the Alliance in Warsaw in July. It is…

December 18, 2014

The Ukrainian crisis gave to Moscow a unique opportunity to annex Crimea, the independence of which had never been fully accepted by Russia after 1991. The regime change occurred in Kiev in February 2014, after Viktor Yanukovich’s running away…

November 4, 2014

Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea has overthrown the maritime context in the Black Sea region. The full sovereignty recovered by Moscow over the Crimean peninsula is likely to tremendously sustain Russia’s maritime power in the…

July 23, 2014

Part Two: What are the consequences for the buildup of the Black Sea Fleet?   Having examined the plans for the economic development of Crimea and the construction of infrastructures in the peninsula in our previous paper, we now raise…

July 19, 2014

Part One: Economic Development: First Steps, First Challenges   Russia’s annexation of Crimea on March 18, 2014 has raised issues related to the economic impact of such a move for Moscow. The takeover of the peninsula as well as…

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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
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