The Black Sea Region: Beyond NATO

15 December at 12:30 13:45 GMT

This event will be hosted in the Palace of Westminster, and is by invitation only.

Join Prof. Mark Galeotti, Alicia Kearns MP, Orysia Lutsevych, James Rogers, Andriy Zahorodniuk, and Lord Risby to discuss the Black Sea region.

About this event

The Black Sea region is at risk of becoming an anarchic environment where insecurity reigns amid Russian domination. Russia’s military adventures, modulated build-ups – most recently in November 2021 – and destabilising proxy and covert operations have decisively changed the balance of power in the region. Not only are Georgia and Ukraine in further jeopardy, but the Euro-Atlantic order is also under threat. The current migrant crisis on the eastern border of NATO and a recent Russian military build-up next to Ukraine are reminders of why our presence not only in Eastern Europe, but also in the Black Sea region matters.

Indeed, if the Black Sea is allowed to become a ‘Russian lake’, it might encourage other revisionist powers encroaching on the region, such as the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It will also have direct implications for access to the Eastern Mediterranean, a crucial region as European countries, not least the United Kingdom (UK), attempt to ‘tilt’ towards the Indo-Pacific.

By kind invitation of Lord Risby, join Prof. Mark Galeotti, Alicia Kearns MP, Orysia Lutsevych, James Rogers, and Andriy Zahorodniuk as they discuss possible frameworks and initiatives to boost regional security on the Black Sea, including plurilateral initiatives modelled on the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force, which was set up to reinforce in the Wider Baltic.


Prof. Mark Galeotti

Director, Mayak Intelligence Ltd.
Ernest Bevin Associate Fellow in Euro-Atlantic Geopolitics, Council on Geostrategy

Alicia Kearns MP

Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons

Orysia Lutsevych

Head, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

James Rogers

Co-founder and Director of Research, Council on Geostrategy

Andriy Zahorodniuk

Chairman, Centre for Defence Strategies
Minister of Defence of Ukraine (2019-2020)


The Lord Risby

Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Algeria and Lebanon, House of Lords