Escalating rivalries and diverging interests: prospects for stability and security in the Black Sea region
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The Black Sea region is increasingly becoming a priority on the international agenda. In fact a regional approach is emerging as actors understand that common problems need to be addressed jointly. Nevertheless cooperation efforts are hampered by a number of factors such as uneven economic and political development within and among countries nationalist forces and longstanding animosities between regional players. In this context it is imperative to foster sound policies aimed at strengthening dialogue and cooperation so as to contain and ultimately resolve conflicts with peaceful means. However there is little policy-oriented research on the challenges and opportunities for cooperation in the Black Sea region. This study is primarily devoted to exploring and understanding the security environment and the main threats to security and stability in the Black Sea region.